“Neoteny Function” by Evan Hoke

I passed by you on the soccer field,

 the morning sun glistening in the background,

You smiled as I passed you by, my ears burning when I noticed,

Soccer ball in your hands,

***

You sat next to me in class,

Leaning over, you asked me what I liked,

My heart beat fast, I replied casually, not knowing what I was saying,

Soccer ball on your lap,

***

We walked home together,

 the setting sun dimming in the background,

 You spoke as though you loved me, while my mind screamed for release,

Soccer ball at your feet,

***

I walked to your house the next day, stopping at the front door,

That’s what friends are for, after all

I waited for you to leave as the day turned to night,

Soccer ball on your front porch.

***

I thought about you tonight,

as sleep avoided me while time passed,

I felt dizzy with anxiety, my throat was dry,

Soccer ball in my dreams.

***

I haven’t seen you for a couple days,

I can’t say anything when I pass by your house,

Even though I’m ready to grow up,

 Where is your soccer ball?

***

A new morning came as I passed by the soccer field,

the rainy sky somber in the background,

I couldn’t comprehend what had happened,

Soccer ball on the ground.

Posted on May 6, 2016, in Poetry Spring 2016 and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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