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I watched the light of childhood and innocence
Of playgrounds and friends and recess
Fade in his eyes and give way
To the light of experience.
But they never took the time
To see how much that light faded
Because they were each too concerned with
Trying to prove who was the better parent.
His father took him on road trips
To see the trains from TV
And his mother bought him everything
From bats to pads for his knees
But his love of trains dwindled
As he boarded one each week
As the only bridge between
At his baseball games,
They sat on opposite ends of the bleachers
While his teammate's and their parents
Whispered behind their hands about
The boy stuck between them.
Their conversations dwindled
Until they consisted of nothing but
I'll pick him up from school at 3
you better have him home by 9
whose weekend is it, yours or mine?
He became nothing more than
A piece of clothing to be borrowed weekly
To be stretched and worn, ripped and torn
To be returned in an even worse condition
Than when they received it.
Black and Blue
JAK AL TARBS
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