My First Few Words

Woolworth's

because I lived near East Boston's

Central Square,

which in the early '70s

boasted a Woolworth's,

of mammoth red-lettered sign,

and copious odd things inside:

books, linens, goldfish,

lunch counter

with hot dogs, sandwiches,

orange soda.

 

Humidifier

because as a lad

of two or three

I had bronchitis.

I can remember,

I swear to you,

being in a crib

and staring at the box

the contraption came in.

 

Levee

because it rhymed with Chevy

(I knew that was a car!)

in the chorus

of a mega-popular song

by Don McLean.

 

McGovern

because I saw his name

on a myriad of signs

from Union Square, Somerville,

near where Nana lived,

to Downtown Crossing,

with Jordan Marsh and Filene's.

 

Hell

---a word, I was told,

that only grown-ups used.

And ass,

which was the naughty way

of saying "bum."

Several other words of this kind

would follow in due course!

 

And all those magic numbers

with which I could count

during endless trips with Mom

to Arlington by train and bus 

to visit Aunt Brenda

and the Mancini cousins---

I would count as high as a thousand,

simply because I could.





Poetry by Thomas DeFreitas The PoetBay support member heart!
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Written on 2019-02-03 at 12:08

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Coo & Co The PoetBay support member heart!
Ooh yes, Woolworth's. Members of Coo & Co wonder whether this bears any relation to the UK store, which our FT well recalls. This is a lot of fun, Tommo. We always like to see the word 'mammoth' in poetry, especially so close to 'Wool' :>)
2019-02-05


jim The PoetBay support member heart!
Sweet.
2019-02-04


Kathy Lockhart The PoetBay support member heart!
Thanks for the trip. I enjoyed every word and all the scenery. It was all so lovely.
2019-02-04


josephus The PoetBay support member heart!
Your mood matches mine today, Thomas. Free of everything but random thoughts. Fun to read.
2019-02-03