Apartment living
Music ripping

Riding my Schwinn
To sophomore year

Glacier cherry

Back in my backpack
Next to lighthearted
Bags of summertide

Turning sixteen in
Washington heat

Never knew
I was new
Had to choose to
Do something with it

With this
First relationships
And apartment
My limit

Downtown Puyallup
I had no idea
That in the next
Four years

I’d go from
A helpless boy
To having no fear

Four straight years
Of conquering

No longer a
Shy teenager in a city
That seemed so
Massive and scary

In the backseats
Of cars where lights
Where whizzing by
Each a mile long

And I was still
Ripping songs
Missing “home”

When in Rome
You go to plays
Lakewood matinee

Seemed like so
Far away from
5/20 daze

No idea where
I could be

Published by Jake Thomas Shaw

Concerned with memory, currency, and destiny, I strive to capture each one as they happen. Join me and consume reality! Radio Reality. City!

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