3…

there he is

the antisocial one

number 2

look at the way he yawns

watching the crowds

look at the way he crunches the leaves beneath his shoes

he’s always been a quiet one

hasn’t he?

well no

not really

because there used to be a number 3

and they used to yawn

and look at the crowds together

they used to crunch the leaves beneath their feet

they used to laugh

ruffling each other’s hair

reading the unfamiliar signs

they used to dream

they used to wonder

they used to walk

2 and 3

together

now just 2

so no

he’s not antisocial

he’s not quiet

he’s just counting

1…

2…