Talia Livneh


I saw a girl playing hopscotch today
Her long pigtails pounced up and down
Like rabbits trying to leave the ground
She looked like she could skip away, far away
I wish that her childhood could stay
Never losing that attitude of a clown
And not ever wearing a bridal gown
One day her innocence she will betray

I saw a girl playing hopscotch today
Did she know it would be the last time she would ever play?
Soon she will get by in life on just caffeine
Learning to work just like a machine
Her lack of sleep will reach an intolerable degree
As her nights are filled with phone calls to boyfriends
And homework, and reading chapters one through thirty three

I caught myself playing hopscotch in the halls today
Skipping every other blue, then green
I got to my math class on just a few hops
I wished this game, this freedom, this fun, would never stop
The teacher stood in front of  me and told me to halt
kids were all looking at me, I wasn’t acting my age
But deep down inside, I really knew
They wanted to join in, for one last game, or two
Everyone watched me and hurried on their way,
That was my last time playing hopscotch.


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