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Cheerleader from 1965

There is always a friend that sticks out in your mind, even years ago, they may never remember you but something they said or did sticks out and you remember them.

Looking back through photographs

And dreams

A time we
kicked up our

Blue jeans
and did the hop


In bobby
socks at the school gym

Well, I was
a wallflower, not knowing

Where to
begin or where to end

I watched
though as you
strolled across the the basketball court


You’d waved
to me like a little sister


I saw you tryout for cheerleader,


Always wanting to be the best

I voted for
you

You never
talked down to me though

I was a
child, two years younger than my

Class and a
transient military dependent

And a little different (at a different time)

You told me
of your love and the one that got away

I always remembered you

and we still
have an unspoken closeness

We didn’t hang out but you made me laugh

And enjoy Ray Charles and Spanish and cry with you

About the one that got away, and the one that stayed.

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