1992

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.





Poetry by Thomas DeFreitas The PoetBay support member heart!
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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.
Ashe
2018-03-16


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.
2018-03-15


Lawrence Beck The PoetBay support member heart!
Well played! Though I've never embraced Christianity, my story was very similar fifteen years earlier.
2018-03-15