i watched you walk in
a group of your friends surrounding you 
fighting for your attention

i turned to my friend 
asked her to help me pick my jaw up off the floor 
when i could finally string words together again 
i told her what i’d seen 

a star 
fallen straight from the night sky

i never thought i’d be one to see someone smile 
and lose complete control of my thoughts 

you were so close 
only a few feet away at times 
my eyes tracked your every move 
unable to think about anything
other than your presence in the same room as me 

and only after hours of staring at you 
going back and forth between whether to bother you or not 
do i finally find the courage to say