The tide collects it all by morning; The drama and the ***** napalmed across the path. The scenes at second warning for most had been swept away Before they wiped the sand from their shoes.
Empty cans of Dutch and Tuborg slouched on the dunes Are tight-lipped about the Velvet Strand's secret ecosystem; An underground microcosm; A peripheral cluster of seething emotions drowned.
Memories of those years - although some expired, The vestiges take pride of place - hold a cosmic clump of smells, Tastes, firsts, goosebumps, hangovers, and ends. I never before understood what I was holding on to.
Winters down in the shelters nearly killed us but we Huddled through the cold, lit cheap firelogs and Found our oblivion. It didn't take much for me to develop A stagger - tolerance for a lot of things was learned later.
I narrowly recall my first taste of poor judgement and Hazy-headed stargazing. Six cans of Stonehouse Dry cider - most of which ended up on the hillside - Was a ridiculous endeavour that will always be sublime.
At the heart of it, I did it to impress a girl; The one every boy has or has had that sticks; Who holds your firsts and your hands and makes Things simple if only for her complexity;
The one that never fails to bring upon digression when Pens are involved. Revisiting reminiscence on a jarring note, I think of my Junior Cert exams and a cross-dressed man Exposing himself to two uniformed boys behind the public toilets.
This one doesn't stir the joy of the others. This one I wish would dissolve; An ****, awkward blotch on a childhood.
Luckily fondness trumps disgust when recalling that place Because of sunrises and sunsets absorbed from the roof. The Summers spent jumping the gap and drowning in the Heat of the sun were everything.
The fugitive sand between our toes and under finger nails Became an accepted nuisance, a part of the territory; A lingering grain or two to drag you back. I miss waking up with the smell of last night's faded fire.
Some weird and wonderful memories of my teenage years.
100 points if you catch the Derek Mahon reference.
I've traveled long roads and neighboring cities have spent nights in unknown beds and ****** motels I've woken up to mornings of hangovers and cigarette butts and have fallen in love with strangers and lost travelers
I have stories that only I can recount and a broken heart that no one is willing to repair I've gotten used to people coming and leaving, loving and falling out of love with me.
Because I am the girl with a lipstick stain and smudged mascara on with an empty bottle and a flameless lighter I am the girl who is often forgotten mostly by the people whom I always remember.