Why is it so surprising, 
even today,
to learn that a girl
paraded naked
in front of a window
looking out on the ball field?

And even today, 
why is it surprising
to find that the boy pulled
her naked body hard
against his?

And even now, 
why is it a surprise
that he blew the candle’s
flame with such force
the curtain instantly 
turned orange
shooting in the air,
singeing the girl’s long strands?

And how is it possible, 
even today,
that the girl said she’d started the fire

Connie Beresin

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