To Jean and Micky from the class of 1971. Thank you for your friendship then and now.

A rush of memories
Cognitive overload
Melancholic daydreams
Force their way into consciousness

Poorly illuminated hallways
Bodies quickly passing
Adolescent heat
Neurosis wafting from the classrooms

The thrice blessed
Collecting in their corners of the gym during lunch breaks
Cruel quips for the less blessed
Buzzer sounding echoes retreat

Never fitting just right within the subcultures

“Would you like more wine?”

Paul Cech has been writing poetry since 1970. Several of his poems have been published as Saturday Poems in the Pittsburgh- Post Gazette and the Thomas Merton Center of Pittsburgh has published several of his poems in NewPeople. Read other articles by Paul.