After making love

I hear you thinking so hard, she whispered, hoping she would not scare him away.

I hear you listening to me, he answered, building a wall.

Tell me, she begged.

Okay, he gave in. What we just shared, what does it mean?

What do you want it to mean, she asked, carefully hoping.

Nothing, he answered, shielding and hiding and backing away.

Then that’s what it was, she told him.

To her it was everything but.

Alenka H., 2023

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