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The Quad: Upon Reflection

My window overlooked the quad

But you couldn’t overlook the quad

Not with Kool and the Gang’s Ladies Night

Or Parliament’s Knee Deep

Bouncing off of the walls…the concrete

The tree with the painted on Kappa Diamond

The Quad

 

Where the likes of Ray-Ray, Face, Karen Sweets, Earl, and Snakey-O-Boy threw down

The swelling crowd told to push back

We had some here but we needed some more

I can still hear the Zeta bells ringing in the air

I can still imagine destination rising to the sky

While wide-eyed freshmen dreamed of the day of joining the circle

The Quad

 

The place to stand

As you contemplated going to the SUB…to class…the library…or to simply stand still

Allowing LU to fill you

The place to find out what movie was playing in Ware

To bum a quarter for the party

To throw game at a person of interest…gotta move fast…weekend’s coming

The Quad

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At year’s end

With boxes and bags

Dragging heavy loads from one dorm to another

A new home

A new experience

But still the Quad serves as the familiar

The place to gather once settled…to begin anew

The Quad

 

Then, following Commencement

Walking from the gym in your cap and gown

For the last official tie

To pass through and onto the future

Looking forward

To another encounter

With the Quad

 

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Guy A. Sims is a PROUD Lincoln University graduate (Class of 1983).  He is the author of the novel, Living Just A Little, and the crime novellas, The Cold Hard Cases of Duke Denim.  He is also the head writer of the Brotherman: Dictator of Discipline comic book series and the Brotherman graphic novel, Revelation

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When I Was Your Girlfriend: Book Review

When I Was Your Girlfriend: Book Review

Author: Nikki Harmon

Mt. Airy Girl Press, 2015

 

It is better to have loved and lost…WIWYG Cover

Alfred Lord Tennyson’s quote is pure b.s. in Dee’s world.  A talented midwife and sometime-y single, Dee finds herself pushing through the revolving door of relationships or flirting in dark-cornered trysts as the cavernous hole in her heart aches to be filled with a love yet to be discovered and cherished.  When a familiar name is mentioned at her office, Dee ponders one of life’s perennial questions, can you relive or recapture the feelings of the past?  This is Dee’s dilemma and her soul-searching sojourn in Nikki Harmon’s novel, When I Was Your Girlfriend.

Harmon tells both the coming of age and coming to terms story of Deidre “Dee” Armstrong, a confident, competent, and casually content Philly-based midwife, balancing the delivering of babies with the one and off relationship with the beautiful women she encounters.  When she hears the name she hadn’t heard in years, an emotional and torrential flood sweeps her headfirst into the forgotten recesses of her past and the aching desire to find her first love.

Harmon’s writing is crisp, humorous, insightful, and unabashed.  Through Dee, she grabs readers by the waist and escorts them into one woman’s jaunt through short-lived romantic relationships and the emotional racking of longing for a love that may not have ever really existed.  Readers are challenged to search their hearts and minds to conclude if long-lost loves should remain in the past…or…like the Phoenix, have the opportunity to rise from the ashes of time and distance to live again.

When I Was Your Girlfriend is a clear pick for the summer.  A perfect read for the beach, book club, or with a glass of wine after leafing longingly through your high school yearbook.

Expect more insightful, inspiring, and intriguing works from Nikki Harmon in the future.

You can get your copy of When I Was Your Girlfriend here, Amazon, or whereever good books are sold.

Guy A. Sims is the author of the novel, Living Just A Little, and the crime novellas, The Cold Hard Cases of Duke Denim.  He is also the head writer of the Brotherman: Dictator of Discipline comic book series and the Brotherman graphic novel, Revelation.  

 

 

 

 

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