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I met Maxine in the 50's when I was a 5th grader 
She was of mixed race and shunned, even by the teachers
I had only recently moved to the suburbs of New Orleans 
And my playmates in Memphis had been little black girls
who lived on my grandmother's farm

So to me, Maxine was not different and I was happy to have a friend
We sat together at lunch and on the playground where we talked
There she told me that her grandmother was mean and punished her
because her hair was blondish and frizzy .... Of no offense to me

With the passing of time, I began to notice that I was also shunned
For many weeks this did not dissuade me from our friendship
Maxine must have also noticed for she'd bring me a daily lunch sandwich 
And beg me to sit with her....I felt myself ... us...drifting away

Over time the pressure mounted and I had to let her go
Some 59 years later I still hate myself for not being stronger
Because I remember 30 years ago reading in the paper that
Maxine who worked as a bar maid had been murdered

What if I had stayed?  Would that have made a difference?
I guess I will never know....nor feel better about Maxine or myself

Thank you for reading my haunting.............

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  1. Date: 3/11/2013 9:14:00 AM
    This poem touched me.......I have had similar thoughts throughout my life, as to whether or not my presense in someone's life....had it lasted, or had more meaning, .....would have changed the course of history.......perhaps not....but we will never know. this does indeed haunt our dreams.

  1. Date: 3/10/2013 9:45:00 PM
    JUDY, ;-) CONGRATULATIONS with your awesome free verse poem, in Catie's contest....good night , LINDA

  1. Date: 3/10/2013 7:04:00 PM
    Congrad's on your win. Light & Love

  1. Date: 3/10/2013 2:18:00 PM
    Oh, Judy, this broke my heart, because it brought back memories of myself at 13. I was assigned a locker at jr high school with a young black lady, and I liked her very much. We were just becoming friends, when my father wrote to the school board, and had me transferred to another locker. It was such a difficult time for both she and I. Congratulations on your win in my free verse contest. Hugs, Catie :)

  1. Date: 3/5/2013 8:11:00 AM
    Ah, so heart wrenching and I can identify...the 'what ifs' are you still live in NO?...If so I'm right across the lake from you (Ponchatoula) - Tim

  1. Date: 3/4/2013 4:58:00 PM
    This is a very sad write...glad that you shared it!!!

  1. Date: 3/4/2013 6:09:00 AM
    How sad this situation is my friend! I hate to hear of things like this, you shouldn't dwell on the subject, it's just the way life is sometimes, friends do separate as new ones form! I've had friends in the past that have drifted away, I no longer know where they are or what they do, I know nothing about their life anymore, but I don't dwell on the idea of our separation! It just happened over time! You never know what could have happened if you remained friends, its unknown! Great Work!!