Afternoon Revels

After school hours

found day-dreaming girls

upstairs searching

mom’s closet for memories—

the sixties spun into peach,

green,

red threads that

hung loosely on fourth-grade-straight

bodies.

Fluid movements

across hardwood floors

spinning, extending room to room,

lifted them

above the peanut butter fingerprints of Billy

and Tommy’s teasing.

They were ladies,

gentle, pale

who knew love, leading pillow-partners

in sporadic symmetry.

Hidden in their

ballroom no boy could touch them,

not even

bug-eyed Brian

watching through the window,

the glass muting his

laughter.

About haringeyunchained

Haringey Unchained is a collective of students aiming to show case the creative talent of Haringey Sixth Form College in Tottenham, London. We think that through the promotion of our creative thoughts, we can educate our community, bringing to the foreground the critical and creative consciousness of a vibrant school in a deprived part of London. We are endeavouring to provide this blog as a platform for our community, giving the space to those whose work otherwise might not be seen or read. Being that the cuffs are off, we are able to express through our photography, art, short fiction and poetry, what’s really on our minds. We are free.

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