Juanita Book

By Juanita Torrence-Thompson

ęCopyright by Juanita Torrence-Thompson

JUANITA TORRENCE-THOMPSON is a poet/writer/speaker whose award-winning work appears in U.S. and Canadian journals and online. See her poetry and book information at: Poetry Town. See Barbara Hantman's review of Torrence-Thompson's CELEBRATING A TAPESTRY OF LIFE (Torderwarz Publishing Company)at: The Pedestal Magazine

Anthony Paisano

I have a huge crush
on Tony Paisano --
the cutest boy
in our 4th grade class --
I'll bet he'll be named most handsome
in our high school yearbook

I'm shy
but in love
I agonize
--should I
give Tony Paisano
a valentine
He never pays
attention to me
barely speaks
Will he laugh at me
--a skinny, plain girl
--maybe I won't sign it.

Early February 14
I slip
into the classroom
gingerly lay
the card on Tony's desk

We all hand out
our cards
I watch his face
when he opens
my valentine
Looking amazed
he glances my way
I look away
Then back again
He says "thank you"
I'm ready to swoon