Twas the night of Friday
And all through the brick house
Every creature was stirring
Oh God! Is that a mouse?
A pair of yoga pants hung from the silver chandelier soaring in the air
Because Jimmy spilled hot cocoa
Over Jenny’s freshly dyed hair
That rolled down her back
And onto her legs greatly in need of Nair
The teens were nestled in their off the wall Vans
Staring up at the banister
While Connor exclaimed, “I can! I can! I can!”
He could. He could. He could.
He flew down the stairs
On the ruby red sled
Out the door
Cascading into Old Man Ted’s Porsche
Leaving a dent on the trunk bigger than Ed’s rock head.
When out on the roof clicked a mighty clatter.
Lily hopped off the hoverboard to see what was the matter
She stood in the front yard and shivered with great distress
Patrick had dared Carmen to scale the roof in shoes that were far from flat
Carmen screamed and shuddered for a ladder or even some rope
Dante ran to the garage a little too late
In a flash, the thin heel snapped like glass
And she plummeted to the neatly mown grass
Quicker than Usain Bolt’s fifty-yard dash.
The moon glowed brightly on that hot, humid night.
Beads of sweat rained down Lily’s round forehead
Her heart raced faster than all the cars in Nascar.
It was over
She was done
Or maybe she was dumb
For listening to Dante
Believing him when he said, “Just two friends, that’s all. We’ll Netflix and chill.”
Now, a hundred plus kids tracked through her house
As her father’s Denali scrolled down Hickory Lane
The gray-bearded man slammed on the brake
When he leapt out the truck
Lily slumped her shoulders and stalked back up the driveway.
Filthy with red cups and glitter, Lily sat on the couch
Peering up at her mother who was standing by her father
As he listed all the things she lost.
No skateboarding with Dante
No lattes with Patrick
No more shopping with Carmen
No more laptop
No more Wi-Fi
No selfies with Jenny
And goodbye Volkswagen Jetta too
Now, Lily stared up at the ceiling of her purple room
Stuck in the four walls with no internet to boot.