I wish I’d held you, back then
Paused your thoughts on the moment
And asked what I didn’t want to know.
If I could have the time over
I’d pounce – as you pulled that face,
The one you do.
The slightly aggrieved, silent pout
A look that falls across a puppy’s snout
When it’s squeaker gets confiscated.
A flicker of anger denied,
Followed by deduction – confusion,
And freckled with a whimper.
I wish I could have quashed that look,
Braved the tinged sadness,
Just asked what she’d said
You wouldn’t have told me
– of course
But I wish I’d have asked