our names etched in the wood remnants of an old shack at Eddy Lake ~ for Leila

Our names etched in the wood remnants of an old shack at Eddy Lake

 

we knew just how to slide the upstairs window open

in unison with the faucet at the kitchen sink

parents fill the kettle for tea

as we descend the fire escape ladder

thankful the light inside the house

masks our silhouettes

our quiet retreat down the driveway

 

we race along sawdust trails

moss and slippery tree roots

no match for the flight of teenage feet-to-freedom

mastering the muting of shoes across gravel

escapades timed to low-tide short-cuts

 

three sisters

by flashlight

by moonlight

we know these paths

we know these paths to freedom

freedom to gather

steal kisses in the night

with the other poor souls

trapped on this island

 

nowhere 

 

southern comfort lips

rolled tobacco burning

singing

dancing

skinny-dipping

 

by firelight

by moonlight

dancing

music

Blood Sugar Sex Magic

 

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