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The Station Wagon

The Station Wagon

Poem By Louise Marie DelSanto

I immediately thought of
the little boy down the street, Laurel Hill Elementary.
All of a five minute ride with
a short, stocky, curly-haired boy, looking like a
Charlie Brown character.

I sat in the back seat of his mother's
car: Station wagon smelling of dog,
sticky-fingered windows half-opened,
ripped vinyl seats, schoolbag filled with
his books, and a greasy lunchbag.

He told his mother he was in love;
the principle of first crushes, Spring giving
new meaning to holding hands, bubble gum,
penny-candy, laughing-at-nothing, a fake diamond
ring, the smell of his leather jacket.

It was the only thing he talked about, having
his first girlfriend. I wore flowery dresses and
patent leather shoes with my Easter pocketbook,
a small bottle of cheap cologne hidden within.

The scent of dogs and leather reminds me of
him. A ride in the back seat of that old Chevy
gave new meaning to a first grader.
Thankfully, no one heard my crinoline slip
when his mother stopped on a dime.

He never said anything to me in the morning.
His mother smoked Pall Malls, and chewed
a pack of Wrigleys before the first late bell,
the Station wagon always cold and musty,
the exhaust billowing trails of white clouds.

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the narrative flows and flows just right sweet memory tinged like all memories with time and loss a powerful poem saying a world in a few lines GREAT


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