Poly, my old school, still shut
me out, not caring even with Dad’s
money in their account.
1985, “Don’t you Forget About Me”
I hear the time machine, enter it
and fight back tears,
shaking for all the harm caused by
not being true. I loved her and did
not say, I drank “beer” and
called that okay; I joined a team
and tried to look good, I got good
enough grades—chose them over
honest dreams since alcohol on
Dad’s lap, with friends by twelve,
blacking out by thirteen, pre-
pubescent and small, not five feet
tall, not 100 pounds I looked around
and tried to be cool, missing love;
I was alcoholic at a young age, missed
the Spring of life, when fruit is ripe
left untouched on the vine and tree.
God forgive me.