Don’t Go Breaking My Heart
The summer of ’76: O levels, no rain for 3 months, Elton John and Kiki Dee faking it at number one.
I was going out with a gorgeous blue-eyed boy in the lower sixth; we’d lie in the dust under the apple trees for hours, kissing. But truth is, I was already fascinated by you.
I could hear your swishy skirt, feel your eyes on the back of my neck as I bent over English Lit. Paper B at my exam desk in the school gym. Two marriages, three children, several cats later – why did it take us so long?
M J Lewis©2015
(For the youthful and the non-Brits, O levels were exams taken at age 16 in the olden days, before GCSEs. And the lower sixth is now year 11. And Elton John…Think that’ll do.)