We laughed like we were queens

i’m Creedence Clearwater Wright
best friend of Elodie Eye
we’ve been tight since Percy Elementary, class of 1985
we moved together out to Philly after college
took a two bedroom at South & 9th
i sold my violin so we could have it easy
El got her grandmother’s money when she died

we laughed like we were queens and split our ballgowns at the seams
and every single time I’d dream it was only El & me
but then she slipped away from me, she met a boy from New Jersey
and they fell fast in love of course
i swear it felt like a divorce

this september i’ll be 26 years old
and El’s the only one besides my dad who’s ever said i love you Creedence
took got a job downtown, it’s an hour on the bus each way
typing letters for a lawyer in a bad toupee
it’s dumb i know but it pays okay

and did i mention i moved out?
i got my own place off of South and  i’ve been living hand to mouth
for going on a year by now
and  yes i still see El around, it’s different but i can’t say how
she cut her hair, it’s back to brown
she’s living with her boyfriend now

and since september i’ve been 26 years old
she’s still the only one besides my dad who’s ever said
i love you Creedence.

casiotone for the painfully alone

High street em Ingatestone, Essex, ready for halloween.
(“high street” é como se chama aqui a rua principal de um bairro onde fica o comércio, lojas e serviços)

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