As I was saying…

I’m going to try and recreate what I originally meant to say, earlier today, but since it’s late and I’ve spent two hours doing crowd control for work, and I am tired and actually just stress-ate a big chocolate frozen yogurt, and now definitely and absolutely have to go the gym, I think we’ll add an old post to the poetry category and compose an off-the-cuff poem. 

To the person who googled the name of my first (or second) boyfriend, and found my website instead: 

It is true that I can’t quite remember,

if first I “went with” Tom or Curt;

they both had azure eyes, strawberry blonde (truly! Strawberry blonde!)

hair, and the broadening shoulders of thirteen year old boys who drink a lot of whole milk, and burned it off –

but certainly Curt was my first kiss

underneath a tall oak tree (seriously! A tall oak tree!)

on a late spring day, sometime before I wore

contact lenses, so my glasses got in the way.

 

And oh, that kiss! I thought I was a lesbian.

it was a very junior high kiss, and I kept one

eye open the whole time to watch for my dad’s

old blue jeep to come rumbling down

first street

.

 

Curt broke up with me four weeks later, who

knows why, really. But in case you googled him for a job interview, or for a background

check for a first date, or maybe you ran into him on the street in some exotic place,

perhaps a chance meeting in a
Paris café,

or doing aid work in
Africa,

and thought, “I’d like to know him  better” – well, you

should know four years later he apologized for breaking up with me, and

I realized the world between thirteen and seventeen

isn’t always as big as you think it is.

 

And if, when you googled his name and found information

on a semi-prominent African-American politician,

that is not who I kissed.

 

And thank you, for reminding me of my casual attitude

towards real names.

I’m in the process of changing them all.

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One Response to As I was saying…

  1. bloglily says:

    Oh, oh, oh. What a terrific poem! I didn’t know you could do that (I should have known, but I didn’t.) BL

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