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Two Words

I heard a voice across the road A girl from class I hardly knew Not just “Hello” But “Hello Chris” Two words where maybe Just one would do It was Joy Pepper Smoky grey eyes And a smile so warm I’m sure That it could melt the snow Did I speak or just stand there I’m not sure even to this day Maybe I just mumbled something Before I rode my bike away What had made Joy want to speak to me That Sunday afternoon in May of sixty four When she had only done so just once or twice before “Hello Chris” she said Two words where maybe one would do I remembered in class on Friday She had quickly glanced my way Then turned to Linda Dawson Whispered a secret they shared They both laughed softly Perhaps some small sign that showed she cared I could hardly wait till Monday I would speak to Joy in break Pluck up the courage to say “Can I walk you home from school” “And carry your books if I may?” I didn’t sleep that Sunday night Thinking of Joy Pepper Smoky grey eyes And a smile so warm It could melt the snow “Hello Chris” she’d said Two words where only one would do Monday finally arrived In class and waiting for the teacher I glanced across and saw Joy’s desk And an empty chair Joy Pepper wasn’t there She must be sick just for today But then Linda Dawson looked at me And just as quickly looked away But not before I saw the tears She tried to brush away The teacher reading from his list The slightest pause as he reached her name But moving past as if Joy Pepper No longer did exist I stayed behind after class I had to know where Joy Pepper was Had she gone for good? Linda knew but wouldn’t say Perhaps Mr Holman would “Chris” he said “You have to know” “Joy Pepper has moved today” “Promotion for her father down in Somerset the family say” Back then I didn’t even know where Somerset was Just that it was far away So where are you now Joy Pepper? Married to a farmer’s boy perhaps Tending apple orchards in the sun Remembering the day you said “Hello Chris” Two words instead of one Are you happy now Joy Pepper? With your eyes of smoky grey And do you ever think of me With a smile to melt the snow? “Hello Chris” I heard you say Two words instead of one Joy Pepper with your eyes of smoky grey And a smile to melt the snow Would we have had a future I guess I’ll never know Sad because we never shared a kiss But happy for just those two words A simple “Hello Chris”

Copyright © | Year Posted 2018




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Date: 8/20/2018 3:57:00 PM
Great lyrical story-telling Chris. I love the repeated “two words instead of one” line. Very enjoyable story. Oh, and I’m from Somerset, and I can tell you, Joy Pepper would have had a wonderful time after she moved ;-)
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Date: 8/7/2018 7:36:00 PM
Hi Chris , Marvellous, fantastic I am a fan , great story telling, could almost be a song. Well Done. Jenny.x
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