AFTER SCHOOL WALK.

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Poetry  |  House: Booksie Classic
A BOY AND GIRL WALK HOME FROM SCHOOL IN 1955

Submitted: April 02, 2012

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After lessons at junior school

coming down the bricks stairs

 

Helen said

can I walk home with you?

 

Sure

you replied

 

and she set off with you

along St George’s Road

 

the traffic and smoke fumes

setting the scene

 

she in her school frock

and cardigan

 

and white ankle socks

beside you in your grey jacket

 

and grey short trousers

and she said

 

I don’t usually walk home alone

but mum said I can walk home

 

with you save her coming along

to the school with the other kids

 

and pram with baby

you took in

 

her two plaits of hair

and thin framed glasses

 

with large lens

which made her eyes

 

larger than they were

her small hands

 

by her side

a small school bag

 

over her shoulder

and did you know

 

Janice likes you?

Her grandmother

 

told my mother

the other day

 

after school

but I like you better

 

do you like me?

she asked

 

you noticed

she had small white teeth

 

with a thin brace

along the top

 

sure I do

you replied

 

I like Janice too

but you I like more

 

and she smiled

and put her right hand

 

in yours and squeezed it

and you smiled

 

but hoped none

of the other boys around

 

noticed the hand holding

after all a tough boy

 

has a reputation to maintain

and as you squeezed

 

her hand back

clouds darkened

 

and it started

to piss with rain.


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