The poem prompt was from "Twenty Questions" by Jim Moore. I wrote about the innocent yet anxious time of middle school love.
Middle School Love Note
Do you like me?
Do the butterflies begin to flutter the minute the bell rings?
Or does your stomach rumble because your breakfast is already gone?
Do you quickly glance to see if I am looking as we pass each other in the hall?
Or do you avoid my gaze?
Does your arm tingle when our elbows innocently touch while shutting our lockers?
Or do you think the bump was clearly an accident?
Do you write my name in the middle of your notebook so no one will see it?
Or do you even know my name?
Or how to spell it?
Do you wish you had my scrunchie around your wrist?
Or do you wish I had short hair?
Does the teacher call on you when she catches you daydreaming about holding hands in the bleachers of the high school basketball game?
Or are you dreaming about making the last second shot?
Does your face turn red when I walk into the classroom?
Or are you too busy messing around with your friends to even see me?
Does your heart skip a beat when you read “write a poem” on the objective board?
Or do you roll your eyes disgusted with thought of writing about your feelings?
Or do you even have feelings?
Do you like me?Or did I already ask that?
© Leigh Anne Eck, 2020