Poetry: “Numbers”

Bel Air Main Street



Two of us and six beers later,

huddled in the back seat of a ’78 Plymouth

parked in the dark behind the Eighth Avenue Church.

Shirt pulled off and skirt hiked mid-thigh,

exposing goose-pimpled inner thighs, and

discussing that morning’s 2nd period Physics class


While making out to Jackson 5 static from B104 FM,

traveling the airwaves from Baltimore 27 miles south,

and when your first hand touched my 501s

the thousand butterflies released in my stomach,

and their beating wings resulting in chain reaction chaos,

created a Category 3 hurricane in my Southern Hemisphere

just as we’d learned could happen earlier that day,

while holding hands under our desks,

in the fourth row of Bel Air High’s Room 19.

copyright 2016

“Numbers” first appeared in the book, “Country Songs and Backroad Love Notes,” which is currently on sale for 99 cents in ebook format (paperback is $8.95) at Amazon:



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