BITTERSWEET DAYS - a memoir from the "Harvard Street" Collection

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Memoir  |  House: Booksie Classic
Bittersweet Days is a narrative poem introduction of sorts for the "Harvard Street" memoir collection which is a work in progress. A few memoir poems that are currently part of my Booksie portfolio such as "...Monster" and "Talking to Myself" will be included as well as new narrative poetry. I have a few Poetry Readings scheduled for the coming year, so I hope to self-publish sometime in 2009.

Submitted: December 26, 2008

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Submitted: December 26, 2008

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Bittersweet Days
A Memoir from the ’Harvard Street’ Collection
 
by Gerard Lebel
 
 
Musings and acrid smells
of stale beer from Friday nights at
Uncle Leo‘s Café, linger still.
 
Trace scents of Clorox and Tweed
from mother’s caressing fingers,
stroking loose strands of blonde hair
from my forehead, crowds
my recollections.
 
Oh, so many late afternoon summer
picnics of strawberry Kool-Aid,
crustless, tuna salad sandwich wedges
with potato and macaroni salad on
our Harvard Street veranda, waiting…
waiting rather impatiently per mom’s
insistence, for dad to arrive from work, yet
more often than not, waiting in vain… as
hungry eyes and rumbling belly settled in.
 
Colorful and brightly wrapped
packages stacked ’neath a tall scotch
pine tree, jam-packed the bay window
each Christmas morning, encroaching
upon the center of the living room.
 
With bug eyed wonderment and
decked out in plaid, flannel
jammies, I would enter the
enormous parlor each year…
and each year the room
overflowed with a vast assortment
of brightly colored, sparkling boxes
adorned with beautiful, lacy ribbons
and shimmering bows.
 
Everything was beautiful…
Everything was magical…
Everything was perfect…
or so I imagined in 1957
at the tender age of ten.
 
These wonder-filled, bittersweet
childhood days on Harvard Street
is where my journey began many
years ago.
 
follow…
 
 


© Copyright 2008 Gerard Lebel
All rights reserved


 


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