A Place So Far From Here

by MidnightMoon
Wild Poetry Forum
Honorable Mention, June 2016
Judged by Joan Colby


I looked around to choose a star
and I found myself here,
a lonesome planet where
stars are scattered on every floor

Tip toeing across them,
we’d mask the scent of dancing
memories

At school I felt the loneliness
every pariah feels-
Girls like me, boys like me, were
creeping panthers, silky and strong

prowling between hungry lambs.
As for them, the winners,
they had their small town sheriffs with
guns and secret links to the Ku Klux Klan

They laughed
under lamp light
about their late night crimes
I tried, hard as I could, to not understand

Loneliness sought me
and I sought her
together we’d go places

the others never dreamed
We’d climb down a tunnel
to another world

A place so far from here
you could fly.


Outsider kids, those who are bullied, ignored and lonely, inhabit this ode to their escape “A place so far from here/you could fly.” --Joan Colby

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