The day has nudged me with her prêt-à-porter greetings,
dried flower wish lists fit for nothing more
than the plastic, manikin smiles of little men.
Still, a molded smile sits nicer on the face
than dishonest eye-shadow hiding eyes
looking for their own freedom.
When time has pressed her hand in yours,
take the hint of friendship.
Her loyalty is straight and plumb-line true
but has a short shelf-life.
Speak, or the moment is already gone.