Dion Dimucci sings
“Why must I be a teenager in love?”
ignorant of the simple answer
because he is blessed
blessed with love in youth
the only time love can be so simple
and the reason we don’t sing
“Why do I hafta be middle-aged
and in love?”
is that we’re busy
and trying to keep our confusions
because we can’t let anyone know
we’re barely holding on
"oldies" is excerpted from "Threads, Knots, Scissors" which first appeared in my first master's thesis titled Lines of Separation August 13, 2000.
It later appeared in the chapbook Wedding Songs August 29, 2004.
Froggy saxophone in the night
laying hollow layers of mourning
on the aspirin-shrouded corpse
of a party.
first appeared in Star*Line V.15#3 for May/June 1992
collected in Olives: a Jar Full of Small Pokes October 20, 1995
reprinted in Micropoetry May 7, 2015