BOOKED

  You inspired me, he says. Pretty cool, huh?

Uh, I guess.

 

Ms Hardwick showed me your assignment. Magnificent!

BOOKED

   From your window

you watch

love

and happiness

sink

like twins

in quicksand

when

she drives

away,

leaving you

BOOKED

    The girls

let down

their ponytails

high-five

their coach,

then walk over

to shake

our sweaty palms

after beating us 

BOOKED

    Coach says

we must win

our final game

to advance

to the next round

of the tournament

 

We say, No problem.

 

BOOKED

   is like

never hitting pause

on your favorite ninety-minute movie

but futsal is like 

fast forward

for forty

supercharged minutes.

BOOKED

It does not take

a maths genius

to understand that

when you subtract

a mother

from the equation

what remains

is negative.

BOOKED

When Mom says

she's decided to go back to work,

you're not too surprised,

'cause you know

how much she misses

being around horses

since Dad moved

BOOKED

                                     reads

 

BOOKED

     The Mac

is a corny-joke-cracking

seven foot

bowling fanatic

with reddish Mohawk

who wears funny T-shirts

and high top Converse sneakers.

BOOKED

  Nicholas, I’ve warned you

about not paying attention

in my class.

This is your final warning.

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