BUT SHE KNEW

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A BOY AND GIRL AND LOVE IN 1962

Submitted: January 08, 2012

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But I know

she said

 

that you love me

and you were sitting

 

by the pond

you with that cheap fishing rod  

 

which caught nothing

and she sitting there

 

her hands over her knees

gazing at the still surface

 

even if you don’t

say it often

 

she added

laying her chin

 

on her knees

her green skirt

 

just above her knees

and you caught

 

a glimpse of her thighs

where the skirt rose up

 

I do you love

you said

 

holding the rod

between hands

 

it’s just I don’t see the need

to keep on saying it

 

you added 

stretching your eyes

 

to go as far

as they could

 

to get a better look

and she said

 

why do you come here

to fish when you catch

 

nothing except a cold

in the neck

 

and stiff joints

and do you want a smoke?

 

She pulled out

a pack of cigarettes

 

and you let a hand free

from the rod

 

and took one

and she put one

 

between her lips

and lit it with a pink

 

plastic lighter

then lit yours

 

and you both

inhaled and exhaled

 

the smoke rising

over the pond

 

seeming to sit there

in the still air

 

and she said

between drags

 

I do know you love me

I can feel it

 

in my bones

and in my tingling

 

flesh at night

as I lay abed

 

and you thought

of that image

 

knowing her mother

would be about

 

the house

with her stern features

 

and sharp tongue

and beady eyes

 

but the image was good

you thought

 

sitting there beside her

in silence

 

with the drifting smoke

over the pond

 

and her hand

touching you

 

and the sky

turning from

 

dull grey

to a soft blue.


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