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Had You Known Me Then

Penny Jeanette Yost

Remember the time
you took down your old box
beaten and with torn edges
and pulled-out photos of young boys playing
        in black and white?

You were talking about Jim and Gary
and your cousins that lived next door in
        Pacific Palisades.
Stories of skateboards and pranks
and swinging from the tree in the back.

You jumped off roofs in those days
and played in an abandoned house on the cliff
and I wonder what I might have thought of you
had I known you then.

Remember the time
I took down my old scrapbooks
pages yellowing with age
and flipped through images of young girls
        playing in color?

I was talking about Robin and Kelly and Sanna
and neighborhood friends in Missoula, Montana.
Stories of snow in the winter
and summers up at Flathead Lake.

I looked awkward in those days
and liked going to school across the field
and I wonder if you would have loved me
had you known me then.




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