Good Reception

The words came to my ear

Through the taught string

Between two cans


I looked to see the speaker

But I could only see my friend-

A girl at the other end


I looked away and the voice came again

This time I whipped quickly around

And caught him, can in hand


He was smiling as he dropped it and ran

I was in 5th grade and I remember it

Like it was yesterday


The first time, that anyone

Outside of family

Told me, “I love you.”


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