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White Trash Nostalgia

The roller rink's still standing; the high school's going strong
with hopes a winning season will return before too long.
Those golden years of glory.. half remembered, half forgot.
Then you find another address and see another empty lot:
the sidewalk where you skated, the place you skinned your knee,
the alley full of treasure, the stump of the mulberry tree.
Cross off another memory for the old nostalgia tour.
There's no historical society for the dwellings of the poor.

Six months here and three months there, Mom paid the weekly rent.
You can't remember half the names to all the schools you went.
The corner house on Abilene, a stucco, pink pastel
is now a fine convenience store run by some girl Michelle.
That's where you got that little scar, the corner of your mouth.
Johnny's fist was heading north; your face was pointed south.
Nothing to see here... move along folks. Let's sing the old school song.
Where's that pair of ragged pants you wore all winter long?

Gone the junior high school where you won the poetry prize
but had to drop the art class 'cause you couldn't buy supplies.
Your favorite sport was fist fights - an art where you excelled:
your grades the only reason that you never got expelled.
You look up a few more places... just only empty lots to see.
I guess white trash nostalgia isn't what it used to be.

May 20, 2013

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  1. Date: 4/27/2014 11:08:00 PM
    Congratulations on the fine win with this lovely write, roy

  1. Date: 4/27/2014 2:48:00 PM
    Roy, nice win... PD

  1. Date: 12/16/2013 4:43:00 PM
    Roy, White Trash Nostalgia was vivid and a good read. My favorite stanza was That's where you got that little scar At the corner of your mouth Her boyfriend's fist was heading north When your face was pointed south This made me smile

  1. Date: 6/10/2013 4:44:00 PM
    ps........Loved your Japan Pictures. Glad to see you had a wonderful trip too!!

  1. Date: 6/10/2013 4:43:00 PM
    I read your "about this poem"....and have had a similar experience. Sometimes it is best not to go back ! :( It can be so disappointing, and change our fondest memories...... ps........I am so honored that you enjoyed my "nightmare" poem.....I have always been a fan of Hitchcock movies.....!! I guess a little eventually rubbed off. Thanks so much, Roy!!

  1. Date: 5/29/2013 6:31:00 PM
    Congrats on your well deserved win. AO

  1. Date: 5/29/2013 2:22:00 PM
    Boy...memory lane huh? Our old high school pizza parlor hang out is now a real estate office, what a shame!! Good one Roy..congratulations

  1. Date: 5/29/2013 8:15:00 AM
    My man Roy, what you doin' down here! I love this write--too much fun and truth here!!

  1. Date: 5/28/2013 1:29:00 PM
    - Thanks for letting me visit your home - Congratulations on your win in the contest: "A Home" - oxox / / Anne-Lise :)

  1. Date: 5/28/2013 1:25:00 PM
    My big hearty congratulations my dear friend , Roy for your win and your very beautiful poem. I love it so much and I’ve extremely enjoyed. Thanks a lot for your full support! Love lots, Leonora

  1. Date: 5/22/2013 7:36:00 PM
    This is an amazing poem that packs a punch in every verse. I grew up in a cookie cutter house with an alcoholic father and many colorful neighbors who came and went. The neighborhood is delapidated now (house was purchased new in 1956). You have written a masterpiece with brilliant imagery. :)

  1. Date: 5/22/2013 11:06:00 AM
    Roy, It is alarming how many chains you jerked with this one. Skating rinks, in particular, still bring warmth to this old heart... Never stop writing, my friend... It would be such a loss to the Soup.... deep respect for your amazing talent.... Jake

    Jerden Avatar Roy Jerden
    Date: 5/22/2013 12:16:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks, Jake! I know we share a lot of common memories. I've danced around the ones that hurt up until now, but now I'm dusting them off and taking another look, hopefully with the wisdom of age.
  1. Date: 5/21/2013 11:01:00 PM
    Roy this is GREAT. Is it autobiographical perhaps?? I really liked it.

    Jerden Avatar Roy Jerden
    Date: 5/22/2013 12:17:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I guess it's pretty transparent, huh?
  1. Date: 5/21/2013 4:02:00 PM
    wonderful! i love the fact that his poem is both poignant and poetic and also has a touch of humor, a tough combination that you've managed to capture very well!