Thursday, July 6, 2017

Peace, Please...A 1967 Memory


Seawater, held in
The arms of wind,
Went inland   and
Filled  night  with
Fog, an unlit hill in
Berkeley  --clothes
Optional,  if  not
Theoretical-- as
I recall, lovers kissed.
They wore moonlight
And mist, as youth
Does, and knew only
Where the inside
Of everything was.
  


12 comments:

  1. This one sends me Geo.
    I was at a conference this past weekend and there were poets there. I sat in on a couple poetry sessions. The one that intrigued me most was taught by a high school instructor who teaches at the Alabama School of Fine Arts. His talk was on poetry and prose. His presentation was remarkable.
    I thought as I left the session how lucky his students are to learn from him.

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    1. Rick, it's good to know poetry is still being taught in the schools. I hope the curriculum invites poems from students along with overview of the form. They have so much to offer, discover, so many feelings that are otherwise inexpressible.

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  2. You painted a loving picture with your words.

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    1. Thanks, Emma, the picture was populated by young people in discovery of themselves and each other. Poem pretty much wrote itself.

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  3. "They wore moonlight and mist, as youth does..."
    Beautiful, Geo. That says so much and evokes gilded memories.

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    1. Thanks Jon. Now you've got me taxing my memory. It was summer, 1967. An LRY conference at the Unitarian Church (I was a Unit for 2 years)in the Berkeley Hills --Kensington?-- off Highland Drive. It was pretty rugged terrain back then and, well, one thing led to another.

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  4. I hope you'll pardon me if I've misinterpreted, but this seems quite the erotic poem to me, Geo.! I've always been a bit wistful that I was just a bit too young to have enjoyed the sixties as a young adult. Then again, the seventies were a pretty good time too :)

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    1. It's been a long time since I've been accused of eroticism. Thanks! The LRY (Liberal Religious Youth) conferences usually consumed a whole weekend. They were full of lectures and seminars that made good sense. I usually drove home early the 2nd day. The free-spirited intellectual company I kept there was in stark contrast to the ranching town I lived in. Good thing too.

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  5. The tone is remarkably, paradoxically, innocent yet sinfully hot. Love it, Geo.

    Be well, my friend.

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  6. You be well too, my friend. My innocence is debatable but, as you have doubtless noticed in your city, everybody in California is "hot". I modestly claim no exception.

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  7. Wow Geo. This is a masterpiece of a poem. Makes me want to visit that hill with someone special.

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    1. Dear KK, you will find your own hill and share it with someone --and it will be special. We are always making new memories. Make them good memories.

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