By Veronika Pister, TIWP student
Peach tea on a Sunday afternoon
wooden porch and crystallized sugar
mornings like honey
evenings like scotch
And every soul in the county knows 11pm is the best time to see the fireflies against the treeline
And every kid in the house knows that after church there will be a big breakfast
And every young couple in a truck parked just off the road knows they have to get out of this town
morning like molasses
high noons like a dusty summer’s day
And every mouse in the field knows the tractor schedule
And every 14 year old boy with a six pack know which farmers have shotguns and which fields you can get away with inviting your friends to
And every 18 year old knows they have their Dad’s ranching business to fall back on
even as they’re driving through the corn fields and the endless hills of grass to get to where they’re going. They know they could always turn right back around.
Dawns like hot tea
Dusks like an old photo album — the kind with pictures of the kids when 3 teeth were missing
And the teens wash their car down every night because there’s only one paved road in the whole town
On weekends the next door neighbor brings homemade shortbread cookies over in exchange for iced coffee and sometimes she stays for Saturday night ribs and 2 cold beers
Every toddler knows that it wasn’t hard work if you don’t smell like sweat
Every young girl know that strength looks like their mother telling Dad that he’s had enough to drink tonight
Every little boy knows that love looks like their father’s eyes in the wedding picture on the kitchen wall
High noons like a pool party on a hot day
Midnights like hot summer air
Every highschooler knows there’s a party this Friday night
Every player on the football team knows they have to win the homecoming game
Winters like the sting of working after the sun’s gone down
Summers like a teenage dream
Everyone knows the rules at this town.
They haven’t changed in 50 years.
It doesn’t make it any less exciting when Jackson the quarterback takes Lauren to the drive-in movie.
It still spreads through the school and now everyone knows.
Everyone knows the rules of this town.