will I ever just be happy for once?
You should just give up,
Mr. Army Man
I sit here on Facebook
and I look through the pictures,
wishing I had Mr. Army man.
I met him on the bus
on a cold January day;
my grandmother had just died
and I needed a friend.
I had just missed the bus,
"Fuck," I muttered to myself;
"When is the next bus?"
I asked the guy standing, bundled up.
"Well, one just left,
I'm guessing 40 minutes."
So, we started talking.
He lives on the hillsides
of the Main Line,
across from where my trolley passes.
He's a Philly boy, born and raised,
Eagles fan, different from my love
of the Packers and everything Wisconsin—
he shows pride for his city unlike me,
but he loves his country the most.
Everyday he takes karate,
"strengthening," he flatly states,
he's so matter-of-fact;
I guess that's how the military operates—
this is my first experience,
I have always wanted a soldier boy.
He says I'm cool with a mix of weird;
we communicate via text,
I'm too nervous to talk—
but that's okay, at least he says
while we're out and about
traveling near and far.
He rides a motorcycle
and the wind blows my hair,
the rush is sudden
and takes my breath away,
but maybe it's him that does it.
I sit here on Facebook
looking through his Paintball pictures
from December, a little before Christmas.
He has pictures from his deployment,
he's stunning dressed in camouflage.
My heart beats fast;
I feel like a stalker,
the anxiety and sweats return.
I try not to think
because my friends state
"That's how you always ruin yourself."
But, I know what I want
and I think I love Mr. Army man.
The day was typical of June—warm with haze settling around the 10am sun. Mom, dad and I pulled out of our driveway in King of Prussia to go to the Plumpton Park Zoo in Rising Sun, Maryland. A 45 minute drive from West Chester, the Plumpton Park Zoo is a cozy, intimate little zoo that is worth the trip. Greeted by the scenes of peacocks walking on roofs and a totem pole cut from a tree, mom's 2008 silver Honda Accord pulled into the gravel pit parking lot. We were ready to go—this was our first time at this zoo (mom travels to Maryland for business, passes by Rising Sun, MD and always sees the green signs pointing to the attraction). It was surprising to see the peacock on the roof, but we were greeted by at least three other peacocks that are allowed to roam free at the zoo. I couldn't help but focus in on them as their beautiful blue plumes spread opened, giving all the spectators a show worth the $11 it was to get in.
The peacocks shows went on several times that day, but we also saw other beautiful creatures. The Plumpton Park Zoo houses a giraffe named Jimmie, in which they are raising money to build him a new home. Jimmie is an amazing creature and lovingly moves around as children fed and pet him. He was very gentle with the kids and the parents that were with them. It was too crowded to get closer up, which made me feel a little disappointed. The other animals are just as great, however; especially the Bactrian Camel. The Bactrian Camel had to be my favorite.