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   Worn out high school yearbooks

with yellow pages

falling

from loose brown binding glue

Perhaps a saved notebook

Its spiral wire sticking out

at a threatening angle

"Matt was here in '94"

and

"j.b. loves d.h."

A reunion at the supermarket

Frozen food

and packaged meat

And the deli man slices

Roast Beef



Your hair is streaked

Silver strands replace blonde

and your blue eyes are no longer

so bright

when you scold

a nagging five-year-old

who looks like you did

at five



You stare at my crisp brown suit

and imagine where I packed away

my sandals

and t-shirts

and the long brown hair

I used to love



And so I wonder

is this what it comes to?

"Oh yeah, I remember him,"

and "When I was in high school"?



Naaah ...

That couldn't happen

At least,

not in the frozen food department.






This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.






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