Don’t it always seem to go
That you don’t know what you’ve got till its gone
Put up a parking lot
– Joni Mitchell, Big Yellow Taxi
Living in Detroit
I remember when we used to walk to the liquor store together
Buy pizza and candy
Walk back home eating pizza and smoking the cigarettes we just bought.
I remember when we used to stay up late
Just because we didn’t want to miss out on one second of each other.
I remember when we used to play music with your cousins
Play Need For Speed till 3 am
Smoke till the sun came up
I remember when we used to listen to the sounds of the city
Together in the back yard, facing the alley with its loving graffiti art
And overflowing garbage cans and stray cats.
I remember counting our change
to put gas in your car
I remember caring less about the world
and more about you.
I remember holding hands everywhere we went
Offering each other the best of what we had
and never leaving the other behind.