Those days recall less colors
and even less sense
With longer hair like Jackson Browne,
Pensively reeling in half rhymed ballads
walkin’ like Dylan and shredding our voices
“walkin’ real loud…”
When poets sang and singers
Listened, from a freight car door
Waiting on an old white fence
Anything that made an album cover.
My crew was meticulously unkempt,
one day shy of a much needed shampoo
but okay –
we were just okay then.
…Surely for another day.
Our moms were old with
thick rimmed glasses and smoked
and our fathers,
they were smoking men too
wearing two shades of gray
tucked in all the way… around
And around, my dad and I went.
We spoke with twisted lips
Groomed our eyes and looked out
From behind narrow poles
and dirty brick walls
That gave, what we knew of our souls,
This, sorta clandestine refuge.
And our pockets
Were empty, our wallets –
were empty .
Except a beer cap and a phone number,
Scribbled and torn from the corner of
a Houghton Mifflin textbook.
“I’ll call her when I get home.”
Let’s go home.
Sitting on the hood of my Torino
I scanned the streets, smelled the tar
Of our last summers burning.
These girls hugged their diaries to their chest
and we’d gaze
we’d gaze through Sunlit dust and dandelion fairies
eager to unbutton their secret stories about us,
always about us,
and our eyes made such nimble fingers.
We were outward bound on inward glory…
always thinking about love
hoping on plans that’ll get us “laid” by
a girl who wears daisies in her hair.
Big sweet flowers for the butterflies
Stirring in our stomachs
Fluttering to land softly at the entrance
of her big – sweet – flower.
My generation loved love.