Teenage Arrest

 

5AM,
Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2004
Full moon?
Can't sleep.
Home from work, sick.

 

Maybe nineteen

at friends'

in James Bay.

 

 

A midnight stilt;

we would walk on them across the park.

But tonight,

across the road.

 

 

Fiercely-dreaming,

uncontainable teen,

no end, forever.

 

 

Old narrow road,

centre line on hump

above two curbs.

 

 

Exiting teens, and beer

three-foot stilts, laughing;

go...

 

 

A few long steps

slippery slope

wood departing

 

 

O'er the centre line

headlong;

would be flying

but can't.

 

 

The intimate face of the curb opposing

my face arriving

hands, feet and knees

Stopping, stop, stop, stop!

 

 

 

Thankful,

at forty six I am thankful;

(two young teens of my own, if there is such a thing)

I am thankful.

 

 

My friends, we survived

no longer immortal

but alive.

 

 

For seeing

the face of concrete,

and surviving,

I am thankful.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What was on the other side?

 

 

 

 

 

Swine Hall

Tangent

Created: September 28, 2004   Last updated: September 28, 2004

2004 Eric Porcher - All rights reserved.

Simcoe and St. Andrews,
Victoria, B.C. Canada
1978