What became of them, do you think,

all those young girls

with dreams,

and straight A’s on every

report card?

How many were divorced

with children,

diagnosed with breast cancer,

disposed to develop a taste for the

night life—

with nothing to show for it

but a fat diamond

or two,

and a regular place on the

society pages

for a while?

We passed each other notes

in homeroom,

and walked away

to do what we could

with our lives,

without appreciating the

value of good company,

or honoring the innocence

we were glad

to leave behind.

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