Start on Couch St, slowly, finding my pace.
Turn right onto William St.
College house party.
I remember the white and blue-striped top I wore.
Jog passed Zuke's Deli and cross Brinkerhoff Ave.
We'd hang out there after school, biding our time before practice.
One time, in 8th grade, we found a pornographic book in the church parking lot.
We brought our promiscuous loot to Zuke's and read it with fervor and confusion.
Left onto Cornelia, then a quick left onto Grace Ave.
Pass by Kate's childhood home.
Many days and many sleepovers.
Her mother's lasagna.
Her parents have split.
The house is sold.
My pace quickens and my stride lengthens.
Left onto Bailey Ave, then right onto Lynde St.
Pass by Lafayette.
Jake Lessor lived down that street.
Now Boynton Ave.
The relentless sun, fresh and hard after a passing storm,
Beats down on my face.
Straight unto Cumberland Ave.
Pass by Katie Dahlen's childhood home.
Spent the ice storm of '98 there.
Crept out in 8th grad.
Picked us up on the side of road.
Brought us to a college party.
We're no longer friends.
The humidity starts to get to me.
Sweat drips down my face.
But the breeze rushing off the lake
Cools and refreshes me.
Pass by McDonough Monument
I took my prom pictures there.
I wore a light blue strapless dress with a gathered hem.
I felt like Cinderella.
Up the hill.
I hate hills.
Chugging along, I want to walk up it.
I keep running.
I pass by the spot where I won the pie eating contest.
It was a cherry pie with a piece of bubble gum in it.
I had graduated high school.
I got my eyebrow pierced immediately after.
Through downtown Plattsburgh, onto Court St.
I know I'm almost done.
I pass by my high school.
A part has been torn down.
It's being converted into senior citizen housing.
The art wing was included in the demolition.
I had two murals painted there.
The only evidence of any artistic ability I possess.
The end is in sight,
Left onto William St., then Couch St.
The home stretch.
I slow to a walk,
and saunter back to
It seems so long, a run.
But a blur when it's done.
And you see it behind you.
The phantom steps