Junior In High School

— Bonnie George

Dark red Cherries in the Snow nail polish, with lipstick to match
Starched white Peter Pan collar on a n navy blue sweater
A string of pearls, saddle shoes and bobby socks
And of course… my full red felt skirt

It’s Christmastime—1957

Nancy paints a snowman scene on our wooden, leaf-shaped living room mirror
The mirror my chartreuse parakeet likes to peck as he sits on a curve.
I lean on the window sill of our apartment above a jewelry store
Watching traffic on Milwaukee Avenue in Chicago
Consumed with dreams of my boyfriend, while
Listening to favorite 45 rpm records,
Earth Angel and Only You

By the Platters

Oh yes… I’m the great pretender!

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