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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.