fill the gaps between the dust in the air
and the spaces between my
Glances exchanged across the table,
glances that stir emptiness with
Fragments of awkwardness stretching
time beyond normalcy;
silence that increases,
making every breath heavier
Loud and unmoving.
Each scared to disrupt
the mellow and melancholic charades.
Submerged beneath their faces
and compressed within
the wooden textures of the mahogany table.
Each scared to disrupt the silence, with
a clank of the silverware against the glass plate.
Fearing that unwanted words
would escape their mouths.