The gloomy sky mourns, but that’s
okay because we make our
own sun. The jump rope swings and
we race through it; our worries
abandoned on the other side. My
hands clutch my heaving stomach, my
friends grinning. Our laughter is
uncontrollable. I charge
again through the rope-
but it catches me. Giggling,
I trade places with the holder;
the plastic still warm from
their touch. The red-and-white tubes
on the rope click as it
flirtatiously slaps against the
wizened green grass. All around us:
joy. joy. joy.
The teacher yells. The fun has
ended. I stagger dizzily
towards the line, but I stumble
and fall, gasping. A fresh set
of giggles burst from my lips.
The sharp blades of grass poke my
spine, but I just can’t. Stop. Laughing.
My friend chuckles as I stand
unsteadily. We rush back to
reality together, the
rope left behind
curved in a sad smile.