UNDIMINISHED

Tiny eyes wide and skybound, watching clouds roll by in an endless procession, rain threatening from afar, but far removed.

20

Rites of passage all gone by in a flurry of laughter and tears, bike scrapes and bottle rocket burns.

19

Teacher sits you down and pastor stands you up, but neither tell you what you want to hear.

18

Playing on blacktop you know is cracked beyond repair, the older kids peddling their switchblades and cigarettes.

17

A baby bird in the street, cars barely miss, the kids make fun but you care.

16

Chemicals swishing all around your body haphazardly, sending that girl you know into another light.

15

Heartbreak’s first real bite as she gets away, your ulterior teenage motives on display.

14

Desperation to fit in as the seasons pass by in their staggered steps.

13

A tryout session, but your stomach drops at “let’s just be friends.”

12

Graduation’s here, all unreal–she’s moving away and so are you.

11

Life drips by and hangs on slowly without her there.

10

A blink and you’re done again, into the unknown.

9

A phone call late at night, fingers crossed.

8

Lunch goes well, is this a date?

7

Days turn into weeks and months.

6

A ring is shakily offered.

5

She actually says yes.

4

Now it’s just.

3

You and.

2

Her.

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