We were sitting on the front porch,
Wednesday or Thursday or someday
when the heat made the sidewalk flicker little
oases of light or water as subtle
reminders that this was summer beyond
the sticky press of your fingers into my palm…
And the music playing was goodbye music-
thank you rock band Taylor Swift covers.
And I could taste the smoke from the grill
and hear you hum along as you went
to check on the ribs with a quick
“see you soon” kinda kiss to my cheek,
your voice all hoarse and throaty and
I could tell what part of the song you were at…
“Romeo take me somewhere we can be alone”
And we were alone, thank you May Sundays.
And we are alone now, though the smoke disagrees.
Mary Rose Beeken is a 17-year-old from Lexington, Kentucky who will be attending Smith College as an English major starting the fall of 2022. She has written poetry since a very young age and is excited to share her work.