My Freshman Year Away
That day in late May is etched in my memory-
a shoelace broke and caused me misery.
I didn't have the coins to buy a new pair,
so I knotted ends together and got out of there.
I was a freshman that year in a boarding school
where you did what they told you and obeyed The Rule.
I grew six inches and put on thirty pounds...
My pants were shorter and the news made the rounds.
"Floods must be comin' 'cause I see the high water...
can't your folks buy new pants, I think they oughta."
It hurt real deep, but I kept it inside,
I didn't know what to do, but I knew I couldn't hide.
Cruel words kids say just to get a laugh;
Leave others with scars along life's painful path.