My First Few Words


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.



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.



because it rhymed with Chevy

(I knew that was a car!)

in the chorus

of a mega-popular song

by Don McLean.



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.



---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.

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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' :>)

jim The PoetBay support member heart!

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

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