Sunday afternoon was a warm relief We wanted to hold on stubbornly to that last minute Instead of living the ones to come Only seeing the most painful parts of the week ahead Slamming lockers on a Monday, trying- To summon up the will to believe that it gets better But was it really that bad after all? Summer’s end meant midnight reunions on the track Still rubber permeating the air in the heat of august Friday night rumors and tailgate daydreams, Parties with the rich kids and stargazing in the backseat Peering over the hedges on the football field, We popped confetti and shouted “go team!” But loved the moment we shared more than them The one winter snow fell on our little town Prom in the gym that year was so beautiful, Dancing lovers nestled under a flakey powder blanket, Watched as the disco balls made stars of the spotlights They highlighted the love affair, we traded envy for laughter Fruit punch sometimes stings or leaves stains But we drove out in our gray sedans and felt like royalty We’d hide by heaters at the Barnes Crossing mall, Ride the carousel til we were chased out by security If the school staff had been careless, there was a small chance, We could sneak into the theater and stare up at the light fixtures, Didn’t worry that much about making it back home Breakfast at the coffee house, lunch at the diner downtown Staring up by the bleachers when the evening sky rose I won’t hold on to what I won’t miss But I’ll certainly miss skipping service at the Baptist Fast friends, and young love, the pain of growing up too fast, Every day we drove by the river singing made it worth it Worn souls, the cruel cold, friendship lasts until the bracelet breaks Our hearts can only carry the fire of youth for a little while So I’ll leave our innocence and beautiful ignorance here on the page, So that they may fade more slowly
Nice work! Poetry can be hard to handle, but you have great balance between language and emotion. Impressive! ♥
Your writing is fantastic! Thanks for sharing it with us!