august twenty-third

May 28, 2008
By Jen Brown, Boardman, OH

driving toward the end of summer, with the windows all the way down.
dave matthews singing through the speakers.
the air outside smells like bonfires, late nights, swimming pools, friends.
i drive past my best friend’s house, my elementary school, the place we used to sit in your car with our last few minutes of curfew.

i turn the steering wheel clockwise, directing myself home.
fireflies landing on the windshield,
distant nights landing on my mind.

i pull into my driveway, blanketed by the quietness of tonight,
for the last time before everything will change.


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