Everyone’s Gone to the Moon

Why does it have to be your favourite song playing

Whenever you’re the only one not asked to dance.

 

There is a sadness in

the not being asked

that outdistances anything since.

 

When I showed up at the tea dance

I’d got it all wrong,

I thought they’d said dresses.

 

You want it not to matter.

And it does,

so very much.

 

It’s not that you even

want the boys

who don’t want you.

 

You just want to feel

somehow

good enough.

 

Girls have it right nowadays.

They dance together.

They don’t wait for a boy.

 

Don’t wait for permission.

To hell with waiting,

they say.

 

To hell with waiting,

because you can wait

a long time.

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