The Dare


You walked across

The empty street and 

Reached out your hand


It seemed like a giant’s hand

A threat

A dare


Be human again 


Just for this moment


With all of the voices

Shouting disapproval

I reached out in surrender


I took your hand in mine

Cool in the sunshine

Your palm larger than my own


Meaty flesh against my flesh

The softest definition

Of touch


And I knew

There is no substitute 

For the open hand


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