let’s stay

elena exclaims about wet socks/shoes
on the field but also
hucks a damn fine huck and
while we line up for the next
point to start she says how much
she loves this game
how many different places/circumstances
she’s played in
face beaming

_______

what the storm coming in looked like:
a gray shelf in the sky
a swath
black as clouds can get
with a line/burst of light underneath
mica and i confer
about whether or not we should
get out of the water
abandoning our 40 minute swim
let’s stay i say

_______

two dollar zip loc of
yogurt covered pretzels
in my backpack

_______

joseph in red tshirt and
thin black suspenders
on his way
south and east

_______

alyssa and i hug like
we’ve known each other since
middle school
like we’ve been through something
and, collectively, we have
onion slices coming apart on
the butcher block
_______

pictionary on the front porch in
lamplight some of the words played
include:
referee
pillow case
finland
mud
tilt

_______

let’s start early tomorrow
mica suggests
a tactic for avoiding traffic
which is not a bad thing to do
considering we pedal on county highways
(speed limit 60)
that like to throw in a curve now and then
decorated by yellow signs with an arrow
in the shape of said curves
with a 40mph speed limit noted
which not all drivers comply with

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