Illuminations

Boys

by Rowan Ricardo Phillips

We’d cut school like knives through butter, the three

Of us—Peter, Stephen and I—to play

Just about all the music we knew,

Which meant that from nine in the morning till

Steve’s parents, the ever-patient Murtaughs,

Would get home from work, I played guitar,

Peter played bass, and Steve (who’d end

Up becoming a guitarist by trade

When we went separate ways, to separate

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