On the Playground

If a girl liked you she offered
to show you her panties--
this was a golden moment
in a boy's life
and the summit of his
personal playground Everest.

Boys set off early up the slope,
ever trying to catch a glimpse
of a girl's underwear,
and the girls kept a heavy snow
on their perilous ascent,
oh impossible dream!

If a girl showed you her panties
it meant you had climbed straight
into her heart and were rewarded
with a sight from the top
that made paradise pale,
oh glory!

  -Gary Wilkens