when I was fifteen I had a boyfriend John

Who was a classical guitarist

He bicycled from Westchester to the Bronx every weekend to see me

With his guitar strapped to his back

It took him two hours.

He parked his bike outside our apartment building

Rode the elevator up to the fourth floor and

Sat in my room on the edge of the bed.

Played Pachelbel, Bach

While I sat on the floor listening

And watched his fingers

When he took a break we kissed

Quietly so my mother wouldn’t hear.

One Saturday he stayed late

Asked if he could sleep in the living room so he wouldn’t have to bike home

In the dark

My mother said no.

So he left and


We drifted apart

The climate was not compatible with romance.

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