4 October 2008

Me


Where is the boy
With the hand-me-down jumper
He of the scuffed knees
And the curled up collar
Hiding his hands in his pockets
Like a TV cowboy at his holsters -
Ready.
Ready for what?

The sit-me-down world
Of the old school room.
Copperplate copying
And chanted tables
At old school tables
That witnessed
So many country childhoods
Passing by...

I see me now
In those photographs
Of long ago
Snapped by my father
Long deceased
He'd be pleased to see
With a happy face that
I made it this far at least

7 comments:

  1. Soooo sweet! And you haven't changed a bit! ;)

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  2. WON-derful poem!! You were an adorable little guy and I agree, you haven't changed all that much.

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  3. I see your children ... and your children's children... What an independent look you have in your eyes even then.

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  4. Deirdre10:36 am

    you are blessed...and thankfully you know that.... and so you're not smug...and I can't believe I speak so intimately to a stranger through the medium of t'internet...ain't it a wonderful thing.....

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  5. ok, everybody here looking at YP's childhood photos, you've just been busted by the internet porno police.
    Inspector Clewley of the yard

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  6. Thanks for sharing the pictures and posting your poem. I really like black and white photos-- something about all of the shadows cannot help but invoke poetry.

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  7. Great photos. Shades of "Just William" in both of them. Where are your "Outlaw" pals? Will Shirley be unveiled as Violet Elizabeth Bott? The mystery continues...

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