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a new poem

After reading John’s comment on his blog it got me thinking and remembering and I put together this little poem, which i feel pretty good about. I also have to give a nod to Hannah who suggested the novel whose name i used for my new poem. I also have to thank John for getting the registration up and going so if you have tried to make comments and couldn’t register, it now works, comment away.

A Good and Happy Child

Standing in the back

At the little clapboard church

In oversized rubber boots

And muddy from mushrooming

I felt ashamed and out of place

That I was dirty and poor

And my daddy was drunk

And he didn’t believe

In this shit anymore.

John was there too

And we never talked about

What we were feeling

But I bet his was

Anger and not shame

He was three years older

And his boots fit too

And he didn’t have a potbelly

He was trim like Dad

he coulda been a rider

For the Pony Express

But it was the wrong 70s

No doubt about that

And we both heard

That we were sinners

And I think we both believed

It was the LaSalle Gospel Tabernacle

A box of good news

Cuz this sinner

Learned to feel bad

And hence how to feel

And that sinner

Learned to spurn

The admiration of god and man

And hence how to be free

Categories: childhood, poetry
  1. foggytown
    October 11, 2007 at 3:52 pm

    Hey Mike,
    Excellent poem…I remember that night. Were we out collecting mushrooms that day? I don’t recall…was it with Ernie Bell?
    I hadn’t thought of it in years…
    It would be interesting to hear what others think of the poem, as a stand alone thing…
    –john

  2. Mike
    October 22, 2007 at 5:47 pm

    I didn’t really recall what we were doing just that i was all muddy, i was pretty young, 5 or 6 i think. When i am writing about stuff often i just make up details i don’t recall, figuring on some level it may be correct. man, i haven’t remembered Ernie Bell in years, he was a cool old dude. I’ve been getting good feedback on the poem from people who weren’t there but i would be curious to hear more comments.

  1. October 29, 2011 at 7:19 pm

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