Another summer night
Spent down the road,
Fighting for covers
In that big double bed.
The fan blowing its soft breeze
Ruffling our youthful hair.
Do you remember all the nights
We stayed up past the sun?
Whispering beneath the covers
Until the world seemed miles away.
Another summer day,
Digging in the clay and mud.
It cakes under our nails
As we make "frog hotels"
On the edge of the pond.
I step in carefully
And sink my whole leg
Into the muck I am trying to scoop.
Do you remember all the days
We romped around the green yard?
Barefoot, careless...children, friends,
Burning our feet on the black pavement.
Another year gone by;
And pie-tins of paint
Scattered across a table.
We stamp our creativity
Onto white T-shirts
(Yours is the frilly one).
Mine sits quietly in my closet.
Do you remember on that day
The sun that shone for you?
As the children came to celebrate
A year of life to come.
Another time, another year;
Recess on the playground.
We play make-believe
Until reality, in all its harshness
Wedges its way between us.
Your longing glances at the other side
Where the "cool kids" stand
Can no longer bear your inaction.
Despite my whining and protest,
You cross the line to a new level,
Ending our friendship in those few steps.
Do you remember all the time
We lived as friends forever?
Well, life is cruel, and this I knew:
There would be no turning back.
The special world that once was ours
Dissolved in melancholy
The day that you decided
All our time could be discarded
And you needed a new strategy:
Life without me.