With just a few minutes left in the game, Grant High School football stars Devontae Butler and Glenn Deary—best friends since childhood—watched the action from the bench, happy, relaxed even as nearby cheerleaders snapped pom-poms and fans, ready to escape the frosty 53-degree temperature, started to drift toward the exits.
I adore you, he said,
pushing away that same lock of hair from my eyes
and in the moment I hesitated without cause
realizing, everything he means to me:
A kiss on the tip of the nose
a single strand of hair on our mouths as they meet;
racing down the highway at midnight
arching my back against the seat and trembling with joy.