Faint initials on an old stump
out in the forest on the lump
lump being a copse of pines
on the knob on the school grounds

Back in the early grades we hid in them
then it was cowboys and Indians
then steal a smoke, bite a chaw

Puberty and oh woe was me
steal a kiss behind a tree
sneak away with your best girl
smooch, hug, try to make out

Get all sweet on that special one
carve your initials on a tree
true love, yes indeed
then one day, into the real world.

By Tom (


Begin the Beguine

Mystery of Life

Spring at the Greenhouse (Slideshow)

Dear Spring

Spring Flowers

Left Behind

Thinking Green (several writers)

Found Among Her Things


Old Memories and Young Hopes

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