Beats

Lori looked at photos
of her mom and dad
back when they were
high school sweethearts
but not so popular
to be prom king and queen
or on the court.

She thought
they must be like
olympic athletes
who come in fourth
one place behind bronze
and metaled glory.

But she knew the midwest
and all its biases.
There were
no photos of mom
in her prom dress
or dad in a tux
or with groups of friends.

She found
one photo in a box
and framed it.
Her parents posed
in Halloween costumes
as Anne Waldman
and Allen Ginsburg.

copyright © 2022 Kenneth P. Gurney

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