We used to sit in the field after practice
a small group of us
and talk about the issues facing all of us children
that no one else would care to address.
Then she would give us rides home
because it would be too dark come fall
for those who lived down the hill to walk.
It was this lovely lady
among very few others
who inspired me at a young age
to think and to question
whether it was in math class
or on the field
or in my bedroom late at night.
I think it’s important to remember the beginning
and with that said
I could really use a visit back home right now.