Chandra Hohmann

So Far Away - Poem by Chandra Hohmann

Memories of games and playing
Spring easily to mind

Trying to make peanut butter
Out of peanuts and butter
And succeeding only in breaking mom’s blender

Playing “street hockey”
Not knowing the rules of either
With garbage can goals and bare feet
Tugging things out of the road when cars came
Thinking we were so cool cause a truck driver gave us a thumbs up

Berries and water smashed together in a bucket
Making “preserves”
That none of us would touch

Back when “running away” was done out of fun
Not spite or fear
And you never went farther than under the bed
To make sure that they could find you

Prank calls and popsicles
Screaming at the planes that flew overhead
Dancing and pretending you were on a deserted island

When your world consisted of your neighborhood and school
When the biggest worry was the bully down the street or your parents fighting

Children want to grow-up
Teenagers don’t know which way to go
Everyone else wants to return to

When playing in the snow in shorts and a tank-top didn’t seem ridiculous
And beer was simply “icky”
Dancing was mandatory when music was involved
You didn’t think
Just danced
And you didn’t care what you looked like

Schemes that made no sense
Like hiding in a ditch and shooting Nerf guns at cars
Or imagining that a friend who wasn’t at the playground had been kidnapped

And setting out a plot to rescue her
From the evil pirates
When playing pretend
Or watching cartoons was the highlight of your day

Oh I remember it all so easy
But it’s still so far away

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Poem Submitted: Friday, June 17, 2005

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