Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Camp

We wore our summer days
trimmed in typical;
NORMAL bold and blue
across our barely budding chests.
Surface dressed to impress as equally blessed


but for our wrists
tender cut
by shrill friendship strands.

Or, not.

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19 comments:

Kerry O'Connor said...

Ooh! What a coming of age piece this is!

Marian said...

i'm seeing those friendship lanyards (bracelets?) shared on middle school playgrounds, or not. or, not. whoosh.

Brian Miller said...

wrist cut by shrill friendship strands...ouch....or not. smiles.

manicddaily said...

Yeowch. Although even the "or not" is fairly menacing here. I am not sure whether to be a bit afraid of the "or not" girls. Hope all well. k.

Fireblossom said...
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Fireblossom said...

Young girls run in packs, and woe to the one who is on her own. Girls can be really exclusionary and mean.

Susan said...

Ouch to the normal, and Ouch to the "friendship strands"--another sign of normal depending on who's on top. And Ouch when we pretend we don't care (and take up smoking instead of friends).

kaykuala said...

Ever the little lass' reminders! Friendship strands and all! How nice MZ!

Hank

Hannah said...

As always...your brevity astounds me...you pack so much poignancy and meaning! Awesome work MZ!!

Sam Edge said...

I think I've said this before but "yikes" I like that you ut yourself out there more than most.

grapeling said...

I'd say I'm glad I have sons... but my 14 year old now runs in packs with equal numbers of boys and girls, and I can picture any number of them in your write. Sharp, sharp, sharp write, MZ. ~ M

Other Mary said...

Ouch - sharp and accurate! Really well done Mama Z.

Susie Clevenger said...

Yes, ouch!

Lorraine said...

oh the blood oath, I was never there, agoraphobia stopped me dead

hedgewitch said...

Many ways to read this--as always the slithery complexity you can put into a few words while capturing something that seems simple and basic amazes me.

Lolamouse said...

Love this! You condense girls' relationships into a few, perfect words!

Kay L. Davies said...

Girlhood was more fun for some than for others, that's for sure, and so was camp.
K

ds said...

tender cuts...both ways, methinks. So much emotion in so few words.Ouch. The way middle school is for so many. Or, not...
Thank you.

LaTonya Baldwin said...

Maude, I don't miss that stage. Well done.