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pom pom mountain

we the outcasts
drinking cheap beer in a rusted out shed
teen-tipsy for 8:00AM english class
trying to be cool to fit in
instead becoming drunken outcasts
further out on the periphery of living

the center was filled with jocks and cheerleaders
one continuous line of silver smiles, golden pom poms
what the F were you smiling at cheering about all those years ago
my insecurities...inferiority?   

but your blonde muscles didn't stop that tree 
slammed your snowmobile right into it
it didn't move aside as you passed by
like I used to move aside as you past me by
in that narrow hallway of slow death called adolescence  
now your football helmet is cracked  
destined for a garage sale..bottom shelf
on the periphery of forgotten 

you with the pom poms and patented dimples,
you're nowhere near kitten cute anymore
turned plump, pregnant, abandoned, aborted
where is that golden eyed 
 "you'll never be with me smirk"

finally after forty something years
your lying with me 
spread eagle
atop pom pom mountain
on the periphery
of everything

Copyright © Anthony Slausen | Year Posted 2016


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  1. Date: 7/29/2016 11:02:00 PM

    Karma...pretty reliable!