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Outside, Looking In

by Marijo Phelps  
7/30/2009 / Poetry

Nose pressed to glass
It was cracked,
Looking in

They are there
Always together
Laughter leaking
Me looking in

In the hallway
Between classes
She said hi
Me, looking on

Elections coming
So I'm honored
Nodded only
A candidate's pawn

Wrong sweater
Older skirt
Cousin's castoffs
Me looking away

Friday mixer
Rhythm records
Invisible me
Sideline sway

Lunch table laughter
Sorry, seats taken
Shoulders slumping
Moving beyond

Silly whispers
Fitting nowhere
In crowd's cruel
Existence, non

Rude roughhousing
Crass humor
Butt of jokes
Face of red

Bully barking
Fingers flipping
Unjustly jostled
Monday's dread

Parties planned
Classmates going
Invitations passed
Not my desk

Adolescent unkindness
Focused on us
Never a letup
Most grotesque

Gradually I see
Standing there
Hands pressing glass
Outside too

She's not weird
Who shut the door?
Closed face on
One who's new

Stammering me
"What's your name?
Where'd you move from
Glad you came"

Blinking eyes
A tear or two
"My name's Sue
Glad to meet you!"

On that day
We had a start
Guileless girls
With broken heart

Friendship deep
Between us grew
Where'd I have been
Without meeting Sue?

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Saved by His grace in 1974, from 9 years of professing atheism into His loving arms. RN for 23 years, missionary with YWAM then statistical analyst for Every Home for Christ over 9 years. Living with my husband in the middle of a mountain meadow. GRIN! Wanting to spread the good news

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