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'-
a 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.
I 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.