We unspooled the VHS tapes

We unspooled the VHS tapes
and ran around the neighborhood
waving them throughout the evening

Film from our childhood
The tape of dad waving from his Chevrolet
Pushing my sister into the pool
to teach her to swim

One of mom cooking vegetables
One from the sleepover we had
after a Halloween party
The back yard tree
a week before we had to cut it down

It was a sign of the times
we now think
Childhood’s end
Our bodies preparing
to leave the nest

I think of how the tape glimmered
in the setting light
purple and pink
I caught a glimpse
of a block of the strip
You in a sundress
fit around you like it was already too small
face filling out and scowling–an early teenager


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