There are places I remember
some are gone, some remain

walks home from St. Joseph's with Patty
7th grade
my mind focused on her
first love
new obsession

banished... Forts, Davy Crocket, Roy Rogers

I did carry her books

she was nice to me but knew i was not the one
she was in a different orbit
it took time for me to see that

but those sunny days
the gray cement sidewalks home

past Carol's house
past Mal's Candy store
past the Cemetery
and Van Rensselar High School

talking and laughing
looking at everything
smelling and
feeling everything

though time
I remember that