I am still unpacking, months on from our move and have started on my past. All those years ago, in my mid-teens I used to write and collect poetry and verse. This one goes all the way back to the early 70's. I could never bare to part with it and would like to share it with you. I do not know where it came from, I credited the author and all I know is that her name was Jean and she lived in New York. Most likely it was from a magazine because it was the 70's and we only had limited options back then. My how the world has changed!
a memory is but a dream
too tangible to hold
like a snowflake that has glistened and sparkled
only to melt
into icy cold water in the palm of your hand
leaving no hint of past lacy whiteness
and if in ten years I have forgotten
how much shorter I am next to you
or the middle name of a boy I call "Cav"
I will remember all that is important
between leaves of English verse, a pressed orchid
a pair of white Levi's on some other, worthy boy
or a yellow Austin America glimpsed from
a strange corner (different faces inside)
will bring alive two seventeen-year-olds
unspoken dreams and promises
fingers entwined in quiet moments
soft I-love-you's whispered in the transiency
of a summer evening
(I marking time with the crickets song until
autumn and Yale abort you from our world)
and the familiar contentment will rest aside me
as I remember the times I needed you
and you held me so tenderly
when I cried for those huge realities
even you could not change
although you would have if you could
so I will remember
and shed a tear for two
and shake a fist at the sky
for whatever it is
that melts snowflakes
By Jean Grasso
17 years old
Tarrytown, New York
There you have it, young love. I wonder what happened to Jean and the boy with the middle name "Cav". For those of you who like me, were unsure what she meant by Austin America, I discovered that it is a car fashioned by the designer of another favourite of mine, the Morris Minor.
Built by the British Motor Corporation and designed by Sir Alec Issignois and Pinin Farina who also designed of the Morris Minor and Mini. The Austin America was exclusive for export from the UK to the USA and was sold from 1968 to 1972. Approximately 59,000 were exported to the USA with production ceasing in 1974. Short but sweet. For more information you can go to Austin America.
I have written the poem as I typed it all those years ago.