So I hear, so they tell me.

well overdue to be well, and due:

maybe a nudge, a chance market-meet, 
her friend, mine, once, removed,
or a late-night, instagram peruse gone awry,
gracious how are you’s, I’m good, fine too’s
painted with panic, and primed pride—

and then to be relayed the news,
fresh, deft wounds, cleaver-edged, new,
told that it’s true (four months to go,
she’s having it in june; july fingers crossed),
engaged of course too, and he’s minted,

and maybe I’d say, thin-smiled, emoji-laced,
something false, veiled or true.