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Reluctantly by Arianna Sebo


It was a beautiful

tie in warm fall colours

it complimented

the dimples in his

cheeks somehow

and gave his face

a warm pumpkin-like


his smile was clean

and non-assuming

his laugh displayed

a boyish charm

and made me smile


Arianna Sebo

Arianna Sebo (she/her) is a queer poet and writer living in Southern Alberta with her husband, pug, and five cats. Her poetry can be found in The Coachella Review, Kissing Dynamite, Capsule Stories, Ariel Chart, and Lucky Jefferson. Follow her at and @AriannaSebo on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

About This Poem

Written as a reflection on men's attire and remembering a cute blonde sporting his back-to-school tie, I still smile every time I read this poem. Reluctantly, of course.


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