It's almost February, and teenagers are dreaming of the summer,  

at the Lake


sailboat boys with sunburned faces and deck shoes 

waitress girls with ponytails and perfect teeth 


They'll work all day under cloudless skies, or

out on the blue water 


Then, after the tourists have gone to bed they'll get together

drink cheap beer, talk about fast cars and seeing the world 


They will feel almost grown up 
hundreds of miles from their suburbs, the pressure of ACT and college loans  

almost February and we are all dreaming of summer 

all of us who remember

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