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Sworn to secrecy, she told me it had been a long time.. as we sat swinging in a hammock in the late day sun. 'What., are you sayin' you never did it?' Kat said. I thought what my mom would do if she caught me, and replied 'brought up different I guess'. She leaned back into the netting, perhaps chewing on what I said.. half her face streaked in sunlight. Suddenly aware of her leg touching mine. So warm... My cotton red racing striped trunks from Sears, with a secret webbed key pocket..her faded OshKosh B'Gosh bibs she wore all summer except on Sundays. (Sundays were saved for wearing that white & pink pleated Victorian get up so detested; a gift from her Grandma bought from Macy's mail order catalog) She ribbed me with her right elbow, as she jumped clear of our swing.. when her mom yelled 'time for supper Kat!' from the front porch. But she turned back with that dangerous look I'd learned, leaned in close, and licked across all her teeth. 'Milk's colder and better ya know.. drunk straight from the carton.' She ran inside letting the screen door go with a full slam..! I thought about all the times we watched Jonny Quest at her house, eatin' our Quisp or Kaboom with that milk...and smiled. I kept Kat's secret safe..,'til just now anyway.
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Date: 10/14/2020 1:57:00 PM
Loved your story of your tomboy Kat! A memorable interlude on that front porch. Enjoyed it Richard.
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Date: 10/18/2020 2:21:00 PM
Sandra, Thanks for dropping by again. Nothing better than swinging in a hammock with a friend. -Richard
Date: 10/7/2020 9:11:00 AM
I enjoyed Gershon's comment about your poem Richard, and echo his words, but I enjoyed your reply as much as his comment! Hugs and blessings, Jennifer.
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Date: 10/8/2020 8:09:00 AM
Good morning Jennifer, Glad you enjoy thoughtful comments, I think most poets on the site do too. Just like yours. Thank you for your considerate comment. -Richard
Date: 9/25/2020 7:27:00 AM
Wow! Love this! Wrapped up in this tale! Fave, my friend!
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Date: 9/29/2020 7:54:00 PM
Kim, Thank you for that comment & Fave. Inspired by Stephen King's book 'The Stand'. -Richard
Date: 9/24/2020 6:30:00 PM
haha, and my mind was going somewhere else. I love your storytelling here.
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Date: 9/29/2020 7:47:00 PM
Thank you for that. I like your storytelling too Andrea. -Richard
Date: 9/22/2020 2:14:00 PM
You fleshed these people out well in this piece. She is quite a tomboy.
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Date: 9/29/2020 7:39:00 PM
M.L., Thank you, that she is. We all knew a tomboy like Kat. If we were lucky enough. -Richard
Date: 9/19/2020 8:31:00 PM
:) Yes, she was a Tomboy. "Milk's colder and better ya know.. drunk straight from the carton." Oh my, I can relate to this. Cause I am a Country Girl. Don't mind getting dirty. Your thoughts bring a smile, to my Oreos and milk face. Yummy. :) Brandy
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Date: 9/17/2020 5:01:00 PM
This is fascinating, Richard. A real period piece -- for every period known to man, up to COVID-19, and maybe even for these troubled times too. Why not? Great write! :) gw
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Date: 9/18/2020 8:33:00 AM
Gershon, Thanks. We crack the door a bit wider each poem we write, to let others know they're invited inside. -R
Date: 9/17/2020 9:44:00 AM
This poem is great with the detail. A story to remember. I felt like I was there. Well done! I hope all is well :)
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Date: 9/18/2020 8:30:00 AM
Heidi, Thank you for commenting. I wish PoetrySoup would add Dialogue as a type pf poetry. If it's good enough for Caren, Victor Hugo, & Lord Byron.... -R
Date: 9/16/2020 10:00:00 AM
A slice of summer memory, the innocence of childhood, so gentle and sweet, brings back times when life was simple~
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Date: 9/17/2020 10:47:00 PM
Michelle, Thanks for that, hope you are okay tonight. -R
Date: 9/15/2020 11:21:00 PM
Richard, this was so innocent and notoriously sensual that it reminded me of many sexy days on a porch swing thinking about things I did not even know about yet. So thank you for this!
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Date: 9/16/2020 8:29:00 AM
Caren, Thanks, you do conversational poems so well. Innocent times that last a lifetime. Thank God for Tomboys and swings. -R