Dog days ablaze. Near the school bus, sleazy
grass stains, both your skirts were pulled to your hips.
The nun said that this was a sin: the three
of us kissing, fingering phat girl-lips,
eyes glazed. Quinn was mellow and mild. You: mad
with haze. And me? Still don’t know who I am.
Say that Love led us to this sad triad,
nervous threesome. Besties. Say that to damn
one’s soul is to give up to temptation.
Like this? We gave up everything, like so.
Perhaps we were bewitched and bedeviled —
Quinn came, you came, I came — for where lichen
and moss clung to the swale’s grass the shadow
of the nun fell on us and hell followed.