Sunday, January 15, 2023

High School Days

All edge,

thinner than

we’d ever be again,

with no sense

of consequence.

We were like

dogs when

it came to sex,

sniffing each other

for a while then

moving on

to the next.

The air we

breathed was 

all adrenaline,

chasing new 


often involving 

weed, drinks,

or games

of different kinds.

That Christmas

of our senior year

we got our first 

year typing teacher,

Miss Handly,

drunk at a school Party.

She was only

a few years older than us.

All of whom had been

won over by her

endless patience and corny

jokes that still made us

us laugh. We loved her.

But the punch was spiked

and she naturally

joined us in several toasts

to our impending


Three boys made out

with her passionate kisses.

I saw them touch her

slim breasts too. While

I traded tongues

with three different

girls who were 

equally soused.

All this at a

private school no less!

When we came 

back from vacation

pretty Miss Handly

was gone, replaced

by one of the

school's oldest deans

who always 

seemed angry at

or us or life. Speaking only

in a low condescending 


Not a fair trade,

but a life lesson 

of losing something 

or someone you valued

for very temporary pleasures.

A lesson we were

too young or stupid

to understand

and would  repeat

again and again.

Or at  the

very least,

I did.

Rp Verlaine lives in New York City. He has an MFA in creative writing from City College. He taught in New York Public schools for many years. His first volume of poetry- Damaged by Dames & Drinking was published in 2017 and another – Femme Fatales Movie Starlets & Rockers in 2018. A set of three e-books titled Lies From The Autobiography vol 1-3 were published from 2018 to 2020. His newest book, Imagined Indecencies, was published in February of 2022.