1950 (1987: Age 17)

November 4, 1987

a time
an era
I wish to be

black jeans
white shirt a crew neck
tee and Kools rolled up the sleeve

no smoke be blown
no polluted lungs

but I would wear it
(cigarettes and all)
for the appearance
and the irony
of wearing
penny loafers and argyle socks
with Kools rolled up my sleeve.

Not for
my peers

This piece marked a turn for me in my writing as I began a turn away from religious and love poetry to something different.  At the time, I wasn’t sure where this would lead, but decided to open the door and walk through it.  When I assembled my poetry the following year for a Christmas gift for my family, I expanded on this poem and will share those decades later.  I believe this poem was written when part of the cast of West Side Story and pretending to sing. At the time, I had a mad unrequited crush on G, my junior prom date.  Now, that is a story for a later date, a hysterical depiction of the best of my awkward teenage years, (in retrospect, of course.  There is nothing funny about teenage years when a teenager).

This will be the penultimate post from 1987; the final poem will be included in the essay that reflects on how my writing evolved that year and will be posted independently following.

Over the next few weeks I will be spending time with my 16-17 year old self from 1987. In no particular order, these poems will be presented in the final form I found them on computer discs discovered in an attic many years ago. This will culminate in the next entry of my Into My Own, My Story as a Writer series found here:

1985: https://sailorpoet.com/2017/02/10/into-my-own-my-story-as-a-writer-part-i-how-it-began/

1986: https://sailorpoet.com/2017/03/21/into-my-own-my-story-as-a-writer-part-ii-why-i-wrote-1986/

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