Nostalgia 2013 by Kristine Brown

THE GIRLS HERE AREN’T AS PRETTY AS THEY WERE IN THE ’60S.

I nod my head in agreement
eating a gracious assortment
scrambled, fried, a hardboiled egg
ROMANCING CHOLESTEROL = HAMARTIA

Julia brings me the book I had left
the night before
as I work to get an article published
in a peer reviewed journal
because impressive people are impressed by that
supposedly.

I clutch it, wearing the typical
gray cardigan
because Joey Potter
is all I want to remind people of
although I was only eight or nine
when DAWSON’S CREEK was big.

I tell the fellow where I went to school.

HELL, I WENT THERE TOO!

But tonight, it’s a high school reunion
that calls for his purchase
of the kindest tequila

HERE IS MY DRIVER’S LICENSE.

Seems legit.
Why would he pull something
when he’s already commented
on my ability to recall personal info.
with a speed so glaringly creepy?

I hop in the car.
The circuitous bus route
I take home every night
shall be put aside
for thoughtful conversation

We drive through the neighborhood
once picturesque
and he tells me this really was
The Place to Be.

But what happened?

Misallocation of funds.
This is the reason for all decay,
I’ve come to realize.

I tell him of my plans
and what I like about this
temporary arrangement
that hopefully gives me
flexibility to achieve these things
I sincerely desire

And he wishes me luck.
Sincerely.
A legitimate stranger
has bid me well.

Twelve hours later,
I clock myself in.
The girls eye me with caution.

WE WERE MORE AFRAID FOR HIM THAN YOU.

Thanks.

kristine-brown
Kristine Brown is a freelance writer and editor who resides in Southwest Texas. She is a cat fanatic, and recently had her first collection of poems, Scraped Knees, published by Ugly Sapling (link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/0998496901/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_x_101IybN9ACW0D).

 

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