Small Town

By Mark Belair

A young town cop

and a high school cheerleader



and fell in love.


After years of increasingly

complicated marriage,


they found

an old home movie


of the cheerleader

twirling in a Memorial Day parade.


And as she marched through

the town’s one crossroad,


the cop stood

holding traffic back.



knew each other at the time.



now remembers that parade.


But each remembers

how heartbreakingly



they were.


Mark Belair’s poems have appeared in numerous journals, including Atlanta Review, Fulcrum, Harvard Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Poetry East, The South Carolina Review, and The Sun. His books include the collection While We’re Waiting (Aldrich Press, 2013) and two chapbook collections: Night Watch (Finishing Line Press, 2013), and Walk With Me (Parallel Press of the University of Wisconsin at Madison, 2012). For more information, please visit

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