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We met as children,
Red clay on our hands,
Brown sun burned bodies,
Smiles as we watched long days…
Melt into southern sunsets,

With time I got older,
I yearned to leave,
My Mom didn’t like you,
The taste of peaches,
I remembered on my lips,

I went home,
Where I felt right,
Sometimes I missed you,
But I didn’t think of you often,
I gave up Peaches for Apples,

When I came to visit,
I loved your change,
Authenticity and organic,
I learned so much from you,
Your growth enthralled me,

You liked the new me,
I echoed the same,
We shared old memories,
And in brief moments,
Made new of our own,

I moved on to be enticed by,
Different horizons,
New experiences,
Varied indulgences,
Beautiful temptations,

Time went on,
Changes and reinvention,
When I saw you again,
I didn’t know who you were,
Why were you trying to be someone else,

Was it to make me notice you?
I wasn’t impressed with the new,
Not the person that I knew,
Using someone else’s voice,
Using someone else’s name,

I’m glad they liked you,
You fit in well,
My Mom warned me,
Your peace offering,
The seed of an Apple…

Time went on,
Years got long,
Days much shorter,
Our friendship became lasting,
You will always be with me,

Georgia…on my mind.
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The manuscript Blue Lines is the fictional coming of age narrative of a young California woman Key Yemaya Walker, and her 2 year growing journey through school, love, and life period piece, written by Kenneth Suffern, Jr., taking place at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill between the years of 1997 – 1998. Loosely based on true events, and experiences during that time, told through the eyes and voice of the main female protagonist, a freshman first attending the school.

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