Sunday, January 27, 2013

Mag 153, 1/27/13, "Good to see ya"


                                                                             Charlotte Gainsbourg, AnOther

     I sat rocking in the rocking chair, watching.
In her tied dye smock, over shorts
 Charlotte was leafing through
mine and my sisters collection of records.

"How do you like living on the west coast ?"
She didn't answer for a few moments " Ah-
She looked up and refocused on me "We like it!"

She and her older boy friend had packed
their belongings into the 'Peace mobile'-
Volkswagen bug; and driven to California.

They eventually landed at an Ashram-like
property; with a community of 20 year old freaks.
" We are building a huge garden!"  She held

up the sleeve of the record she had chosen
and put the covers on the floor.
A bit of Bob Dylan rose wraith-like 

around the room after she set the needle down.
" So did you get any of my letters ?"
I had written three and heard nothing

in the six months they had been out there.
"I got two-" she shrugged , "I just haven't had time
for anything,since we opened the food Co-op.

At that moment Mark slouched into the room
"Hey-" came with a peace sign
and a flush of incense slammed over patchouli oil.

leaned my head back,
Now three of us were in here, bare foot 
and twitching our hands to Dylan's wail- 

any hope for the future of this conversation wafted 
right out the window joining the insistence of Cicadas.


Kathe W. said...

the last two lines are priceless

Anonymous said...

"we are a huge garden" reminds me of the song Garden Party which sold a lot of records

not alone

Brian Miller said...

smiles...i like how the conversation dwindles...lost to dylan...what interesting stories they all must have...

Jinksy said...

This is a social history lesson! lol :)

SueAnn Lommler said...

Wow! Blast from the past for sure.
Well written

Berowne said...

Very nice writing...

Lyn said...

Patchouli! I guess you had to be there...this really put me back there!! Great...

Bo said...

This is really good writing.

Margaret said...

Barefoot and twitching. Quite the "flashback" :)

Helen said...

Perfect representation of that era .. what a time for those of us who lived it!!!

Tess Kincaid said...

You transported me there...really like "insistence of Cicadas"...

Lydia said...

There were more than three in the room, izzy, because this is so real that each of us who read it will have joined you. I am sitting on the floor.....

Wayne Pitchko said...

nicely done....thanks for sharing

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