the other

by Philip F De Pinto

the heart
skips a beat

for longer
than a while
little girl

I watched you
skipping rope
on your back porch

hoping to increase
the blood flow
to the brain
which would enable
you to skip grades

and thus put you in the same
class with the other boy
on whom you had such a crush

and so I watched
you little girl
skipping rope and
skipping classes
until you caught up with

the other boy
and in lieu of toting
your books to school
I quietly carried
your torch for you
( you being such a delicate little girl )

and so I watched and watched
while you skipped out and
away from that house
and that back porch
and away from the neighborhood

and completely away from my watch
and I can imagine you now
skipping down the proverbial aisle
with the other boy

who never watched
you on your back porch
skipping rope
or skipping grades

who though he toted
your books will never know
what it's like
to carry your torch
( you being such a delicate little girl )

the weight of which paled
in comparison to the books


Posted on 01/22/2013
Copyright © 2024 Philip F De Pinto

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by George Hoerner on 01/23/13 at 01:20 AM

Ah, boys loving girls will go on forever and so for girls loving boys. It is the matching of those loves/lovers that seems the hardest thing to hodd on to for more than the first kiss, or...... Well done Philip!

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