Cotten Alley

one time
you made me cry
be proud that I
remember


my chin is sore
the bruise is gone
but the spot is tender


gave my hand a sister coy
to Cotton Alley where
you did enjoy
your wicked games
you curious boy


tied my laces up together
when I fell
you laughed
until your belly was sore


in the brick laid aisle behind
the five and dime store


that's how
I made you blush
but doubt if you
remember


were my tears genuine
or those of a skilled
pretender


nothing precious
plain to see
don't make a fuss over me
not loud
not soft
but somewhere in between
say sorry
let it be
the word you mean


I was a little pest who
never took a hint
could never
take a hint


you pinched my fingers
in a door
tossed my coloring book in a
rusty barrel


pulled spiders from my hair
fingers in the door


my favorite blue blouse
stained on the back
running from a berry war


can you hear me scream
in Cotton Alley
scream in Cotton Alley
in Cotton Alley

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