seasons and colors


desire

at age twelve

Her favorite season

was spring because

she loved the sound

of the birds chirping.

Her favorite color

was yellow because

of the flowers that

grew outside her window.

 

At age thirteen

Her favorite season

was summer because

she looked her best

when tan and thin.

Her favorite color

was pink because

of the bathing suit that

made boys notice her.

 

At age fourteen

Her favorite season

was autumn because

she could walk home

while sharing a cigarette.

Her favorite color

was orange because

of the falling leaves

and burning ashes.

 

At age fifteen

Her favorite season

was winter because

she could wear sleeves

that covered her arms.

Her favorite color

was red because

of the relief she felt

seeing it wash down the drain.

*SHELBY

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