Ours was a nearly neighbourhood
good enough …. and not quite –
destination and stopover
strivers could claim respectability
climbers, a comfortable ascent camp.
The amenities above average
the schools, much better than that,
no ragamuffins in the juniors
high school blazer and tie for boys
kilt and hat for girls.
High and junior – both
he must’ve been 16
side by side
in step, stepping to school.
Crouching at the elementary gate
a squeeze of shoulders and promise –
to be back at day’s end
visual confirmation she has sanctuary
backpack swung to insouciance
ear buds inserted
texting fingers begin workout,
a teenager again.
Unselfconscious about uncoolness,
he loves his little sister.