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Private Property

Updated on May 3, 2014

I sat out

on their front porch

as the light began to fade ...

over on a railing I watched an icicle being made

as the drops got even smaller no longer melting from the shade

I couldn't sit there any longer

though the plan had been made

That we would meet up at the corner

where those old ladies used to live

the one's who'd buy the papers

the one's who'd let us rake their leaves

back when it was warmer ...

all those years ago ...

back before the former

those old summers, rain and snows ...

Remember all those shows?

Those days we'd sit all in a row ...

That old fallen-down theater

all the popcorn we could throw

we were supposed to be at church

we used to call that 'ol priest, 'Lurch'

from the Adams Family

Our little heads went to his knees

Rollerskates and sleds

Hiding out in sheds

making those old forts

Before it all started to hurt.

The growing pains of youth ...

Growing up too soon

We used to think we already knew

It would always be me and you ...

I can't sit here any longer

I had a feeling you'd not show

I don't know why we even bother

as we continue on to dwell on what ...

could've been ...Had things been any different

It's getting cold and I'm tired ...

How we try to remain friends.

Those pearls I'm always casting ...

You and your amends -

The streetlights used to come on here ...

but I don't see 'em now ...

the kids are different these days ...

They're all inside the house playing video games

when you and I'd be ringing bells

to shovel someone's driveway

just for a buck, or two ...

just for something to do ...

any 'ol excuse to hang around with the one you always knew

You loved to hang on to ...

so we could talk about it later.

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    • c-m-hall profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from York, Maine

      Thank you for noticing ... Eric Flynn

    • Eric Flynn profile image

      Eric Wayne Flynn 

      4 years ago from Providence, Rhode Island

      I was thinking similar thoughts today.



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