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Sheila beat me at scrabble

by Jessi 3 months ago in slam poetry / love poems · updated 2 months ago
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on a Tuesday in July

Sheila beat me at scrabble
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Sheila beat me at Scrabble on a Tuesday night

That was the first time I felt alright,

comfortable in my own skin

No matter the words said

from my next of kin...

I remember so clearly how she lit incense to burn

Oh, how I yearned to be ignited by her...

It smelled of sage and apples as the fumes rose high

Peach bourbon was poured generously,

then topped with cubes of ice

My fingers were cold but happier still

because she had touched them

it gave me a chill

It was a boiling wet Tuesday in early July

Humidity clung to our skin like white on rice

and the sky was still streaked with firework smoke

I thought I could die when she laughed at my joke

The grass was green and damp

as it grazed my calves

and the fireflies provided the ambiance

as they danced and danced

Sheila had just chopped her auburn hair

and it took everything in me not to stare

I like your new look, I said with a smile

Thank you, my dear, Oh I swear I could fly...

As the turntable spun Stevie Ray Vaughn

Sheila tapped her feet as she hummed along

I don't know that I had ever felt quite as free

to be loved

to be heard

and to really be seen

Sheila beat me at Scrabble on a Tuesday night

For the very first time, I felt alright

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  • Mescaline Brisset2 months ago

    I loved this one! Happy games in the July humidity...

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