Maybe our photos will fill the gaps my memory won’t.
i’m not sure i ever liked blue raspberry i just ate it because you didn’t your mom always hated the sight of your artificial blue tongue so i’d let you have cherry – my favorite time after time i always hated horror movies the cheap scares were bogus and frightening but for you, i’d bear the eventual nightmares and when i’d snuggle up to my worn, golden teddy bear you’d poke fun at it – claiming your plush purple turtle was one of a kind back when red nail polish was “for adults” and lip balm felt so sophisticated we’d sing karaoke into the early evening before your parents came to pick you up and we’d play with dolls the next day back before prom nights and limo fights and sickly sweet juice graduated to jittery coffee we’d imagine our lives as grown ups with our dream careers and perfect pets living side by side in the same apartment building and as i sit in our old cafe where we spilled our guts over pastries and tea all i want is to watch you pull up a chair and listen to another rant about your crazy science teacher but i don’t even know how to talk to you anymore.
Writing this poem was a fun way for me to practice poetry with specific structure. For example, I wanted each stanza to have the same amount of lines, which is something that I don’t always pay much attention to in my poetry. This poem also has relatively little punctuation, save for a single period at the very end, which symbolizes the finality of falling out of touch with an old friend and believing that you won’t have that same level of connection with them ever again.
Julia Wysokinska is a high school junior. Born in Poland, she now lives in Queens. She was first published in second grade, co-writing a book called "Cool Facts You Never Knew About Sharks," and she can’t wait to be published again.