I remember your bed,
how you were sick and I came over,
we were already old schoolmate friends by then,
the tests of puberty still ahead of us but the assurance of delinquency alive in our blood,
I remember bouncing down the stairs to your basement bedroom, waiting for the soft blue glow that flooded your room to encompass me.
I remember seeing you sprawled across the mattress groaning
I remember you blinking from fever, leaning up in bed, propped up on your arm.
You lifted your leg, “I have to fart”
right before you shit all inside your pants.
I know it was terrible and you were embarassed,
but it’s a moment that stuck with me.
Your tears of embarassment and frustration,
My tears of true human laughter,
something that I can’t call forth as easily now.
A moment burned forever into my mind.
something that has stood the test of time.