• The Box 69: TURQUOISE BLUE








    #8
    Color: Turquoise Blue
    Jan. 11, 2011
    Song: "Love is a House" Force MD's


    I kept watch
    Looked out for him
    Waiting to see him
    Over sugary Saturday morning doughnuts
    Room temperature orange juice
    Long dark passage ways
    Beneath Old Cabel Hall
    Mean ole teachers
    Melted when the Lousia Boy came 'round.
    So did I.
    I fell in love
    I've been in love
    Since I was 14.
    Every other Saturday
    And all summer long
    He hung out with them older boys
    Played ball
    And when THEY wouldn't let a sistah in
    "Come on lil sissa,
    I got you."
    I've been in love
    Since I was 14
    Because he kept watch for me.

    I stood watching
    The steps step
    The syncopation of stomps and claps
    Shouts and calls
    They all seemed connected
    Togethter
    One.
    They had colors
    And symbols
    And letters
    And I had none.
    But I did,
    ...but not like those.
    Didn't miss it.
    Didn't want it.
    But i did.
    "Come on lil sissa
    I got you."
    He took me away
    To Godwin that day
    And gave me the sissa-hood I wanted.
    We were a ball bouncing
    B-Fine troop.
    The boys wearin' ALL the letters
    Or no letters at ALL
    Came to watch us hoop.
    Even when my "he"
    Became a "she"
    He loved me
    Still.
    And I loved him through college
    Because he kept watch for me.

    When I couldn't stand
    He carried me.
    When I fell over
    He picked me up
    Slung my arms over his shoulders...
    ('member that night?)
    "Come on lil sissa
    I got you."

    I stand watch
    Over my brother
    While he sleeps
    For 25 years he did that for me.
    He loved me strong.
    He loved me safe.

    I stand watch
    Over my brother
    While he loves.
    Celebrating his smile
    And twinkling eyes
    When joy lights them bright.

    I stand watch
    Over my brother
    When he hurts.
    Giving him a shoulder
    and loving arms when he cries.

    I stand watch
    Over my brother
    Because he has given me that to me
    25 years of moon phases
    And sun days
    "Come on lil sissa
    I got you."

    25 years of love
    I can never repay
    But only say
    "Here I come big brotha
    I got you too."


  • 2 comments:

    1. Beautiful Teresa, this made me cry. Friendships like this are priceless.

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