The smiling telegenic Man from Hope
Was on his way to Washington, DC.
And I was twenty-three:
I liked sweet Deborah, and I loved the Pope.

Monastic yearnings filled my youthful heart.
I wrote to Spencer's Trappists, and I spent
A week that chilly Lent
In the placid abbey cloister, set apart.

Back at home, I'd watch the Boston Celtics
With Mark, a friend since fifth grade. Beer would flow
Like streams of aitch-two-oh:
We'd scuffle over Art, God, Politics ...

I had no job. My future looked uncertain.
Still lived with Mom. Had no plans on returning
To halls of higher learning---
My noggin, filled with fog and Thomas Merton.

I still hung out with Rob the radical,
But I was getting too "uptight" for him.
He likely thought me dim
Or two cents short. I don’t miss him at all.

Cultured Cambridge! You were my saving grace!
Reading International, The Book Case,
McIntyre & Moore,
Words Worth, Starr's, and yes, Harvard Book Store.

Of course, I crammed my brain with poetry
And dear Miss Marianne's scrupulous prose.
Was I happy? I suppose.
But it was not yet 1993.

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Written on 2018-03-14 at 09:44

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Ashe The PoetBay support member heart!
I like the suspense ending and I am trying to remember 1993. It was probably more meaningful for you than for me since I can't seem to get hold of it. Did you attend Harvard? Or just living in Cambridge is enough of an experience. What great times you had that year.

jim The PoetBay support member heart!
Wonderfully conveyed, the sense of time and place comes through—but I am wondering what Rob the radical was radical about.

1992 is a blur for me, one more year in a string of too many years spent on horseback and tractor seat.

Lawrence Beck The PoetBay support member heart!
Well played! Though I've never embraced Christianity, my story was very similar fifteen years earlier.


Call It What You Will
by Thomas DeFreitas