August 10, 2014

Stand Still

the popsicles melted that day
it was a hot day, a blistering hot day
when the popsicles melted
I always wondered why we didn't sit in the shade of the tree
instead we stood on the street corner waving at strays
stray cats, stray dogs, and passersby, all the strays of the town
even a circus clown
the popsicles melted down our arms
down to our elbows, the juicy sticky goodness ran
it ran faster than the cats and the dogs, and faster than the cars
in that hottest day of that Month of that year
the hottest day I can remember
not July or August or September, it was May
the popsicles melted that day

I said, stand still
Time, stand still
Earth, stars, moon, stand still
We can’t, we can’t, even if we wanted to
we can't, not even for you!

She stood still, but as still as she would
on that day on that street corner, it was impossible
yes impossible
no matter how fast she stood licking her popsicle
yes as fast, as fast as she possibly could
she couldn't stop time from taking her popsicle away
on that hot day in May

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