Buddies to the End

by Jerry Ratch

The two young teenage boys

sitting in front of the theater

with their skateboards,

waiting for one of their dads

to swing by and pick them up.


The one, with such a

young fresh face, asking,

“Is she still dating that guy?”


“I saw them together I think, yeah.” 


There was quite a pause.  

“Tell me how sad they are.”


Both of them staring straight ahead

looking out at the new world

until his dad pulls up in his car. 

"I don't know, Dude. 

They looked pretty happy to me."