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  • I still remember
    First day of school
    Second grade is scary when you don’t know a soul

    You sat alone at lunch, too
    And at recess I knew we would be friends

    Two odd ducks
    Lone soldiers
    United in a new solidarity

    I didn’t notice
    Or maybe I didn’t care
    That your clothes were dirty
    Your hair was a little goofy
    You wore the same sweatshirt everyday

    So what

    Then one day the pretty girls came
    To us as we played by the hill at recess
    The girls with the braids and the smiles and the pretty dresses

    ‘Run’ they told me
    ‘You don’t want to be her friend’
    ‘Don’t be weird be our friend instead’

    I ran with them
    I ran away

    I still remember your cries as you tried to catch up
    And their shrill laughter as they
    desperately tried to get away from you
    As we tried to get away from you

    We never spoke again
    And I’ll never forget your face
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