Friday, October 12, 2012

Big Gene's Beat


Beatlemania
Summer stops on the sidewalk
and I'm back in Bakersfield. seven,
barefooted
on the cool wet sidewalk.
The sprinklers water the
Girard’s lawn and my legs from the
knees down,
the golden hair on my
July mahogany legs.


Not just a tan -
ironing skin we call it because
it is still warm in front of the tv
when Ed Sullivan introduces the Beatles
and right that second badminton racquets,
badminton racquets became guitars.