As the Sun Rises (16)

Romantic

she is nostalgic

for the guy who told her

that her hands were too dirty

using Your name to explain his preference

for girls who had never played outside

she is nostalgic

for the friends who agreed

that she was rather wretched

and would always have to be dirty

because that kind of dirt never washes off

and sometimes she is nostalgic

for the dirt itself and all of the worms

or bugs that came with it

because at least they’d be her friends

but You told her it wasn’t true anymore

she didn’t need to be characterized

by the dirt she used to play in

because You were now

the most real thing about her

You called her lovely

and made her beautiful

so now she’s washed off the dirt

and knows that it’s not romantic

to say “remember when”

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