A Poem I Love

ON THE DISCOMFORT OF BEING IN THE SAME ROOM AS THE BOY YOU LIKE by Sarah Kay. Happy World Poetry Day!
  1. Everyone is looking at you looking at him.
  2. Everyone can tell. He can tell. So you
  3. spend most of your time not looking at him.
  4. The wallpaper, the floor, there are cracks
  5. in the ceiling. Someone has left a can of
  6. iced tea in the corner, it is half-empty.
  7. I mean half-full. There are four light bulbs
  8. in the standing lamp, there is a fan. You
  9. are counting things to keep from looking
  10. at him. Five chairs, two laptops, someone's
  11. umbrella, a hat. People are talking so you
  12. look at their faces. This is a good trick. They
  13. will think you are listening to them and not
  14. thinking about him. Now he is talking. So
  15. you look away. The cracks in the ceiling are
  16. in the shape of a whale or maybe an elephant
  17. with a fat trunk. If he ever falls in love with
  18. you, you will lie on your backs in a field
  19. somewhere and look up at the sky and he will
  20. say, Baby, look at that silly cloud, it is a whale!
  21. and you will say, Baby, that is an elephant
  22. with a fat trunk, and you will argue for a bit,
  23. but he will love you anyway.
  24. He is asking a question now and no one has
  25. answered it yet. So you lower your eyes from
  26. the plaster and say, The twenty-first, I think,
  27. and he smiles and says, Oh, cool, and you
  28. smile back, and you cannot stop your smiling,
  29. oh, you cannot stop your smile.