Christmas ’96

If you care to know
I was eleven then.
Just bought my first CD
“Tragic Kingdom” by No Doubt
True Story.

I discovered my penis that year,
Masturbated for the first time in my closet
Listening on my Walkman to Gina G.
Honestly I don’t remember Christmas ’96.

I imagined it was good.
The parents weren’t yet divorced.
Things weren’t yet broken.
I hadn’t left for the East.
Shit was… okay.
You see, I had a dream then
Of okayness, right?
It would all work out, no?

Of course, reality would intrude.
Life does not follow a straight course.


~ by Benji on 20 July 2014.

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