to the guy who still holds the 8th-grade school record for long jump

you’re my age now, I’m thinking
as I wait for the game to start
how we engrave these accomplishments
as if they might matter
thirty-five years hence
do you even know
your name is still on this board
and what does it mean
we hold these selves within us
from a time when such things made us strive
to be important to someone—
to ourselves?

 

17 thoughts on “to the guy who still holds the 8th-grade school record for long jump”

  1. do you even know
    your name is still on this board

    refreshing take, from the perspective of someone looking at the names, and not with envy, but also holding out the possibility an endeavor and achievement is forgotten except for someone briefly who might happen to read the name on the board.

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