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:



Published by Steven Harz

Steven Harz was the 2013 winner of the international People's Poetry Contest and is a three-time winner of The Iron Writer Challenge. Steve still writes poetry, but now it rhymes and is put to music - either acoustic with a Martin or electric with a Gretsch. Songwriting influences are: John Prine, Townes Van Zandt, Blze Foley, Jessi Alexander, Tyler Childers, Lori McKenna, Gabe Lee, Luz, Cleto Cordero, Jason Isbell, and of course, Willie and Dolly! Music is available on all streaming platforms - please check it out!

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