A slightly stoopid poem
Walking the same road
taken when heading to my first show.
A sneaky teen, I was, but my choices were void of malicious intent.
I was just a loyal follower,
drawn to his rhythm, his lyrics, and his British accent.
Solitary confinement was my due punishment.
I am all grown up now
and I can see who I want.
I can leave when I want.
I can be who I want.
I can sing as loud as I want.
I can dance barefoot until the sun does rise,
If that’s what I want –
no explanation, no curfew, no stern looks –
Not much has changed,
since I came to see Mr. Goody Two Shoes
and Mr. Hutchence,
except me, of course,
and the trees that line the venue’s street –
much taller and fuller, are they.
I am neither of those things,
but like the sage trees, I have earned my rings.
The trees have weathered some seasons
and they have swayed to some tunes.
I have too.
A few familiar faces in the crowd –
a moment to connect,
share smiles, memories, and anticipation
before live beats did begin.
Ninety-nine degrees in the Valley of the Sun (much hotter in the pit)
when Slightly Stoopid stepped onto the stage at 9 P.M.
The crowd was stoopider too.
“You’re all f***ing crazy!” the sweaty MC said.
He is right. He hit the rusty nail on its warped head.
tearing at frayed seams –
a needed release of primal screams.
We were all a sticky hot mess
when the band dropped their last note.
Dripping with sweat, they exited stage left.
Vibrating and euphoric,
walking under leaves, turned musical sheets,
tracing my teenage steps.
If you are new to my site, this poem references my post, “Here’s (not) looking at you kid.” Thanks for being here.
Keeping my writing tone light today, while I stay light on my toes, both in this video and as I travel an unfamiliar road. 💃🏼 I hope your day delivers some musical and danceable moments. 🎶 Thank you for visiting, reading, and watching. Be well. 💗 Michele
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Photo 1: My photo of one of the talented opening bands, Fortunate Youth. Video: My clips
© 2021 Michele Lee Sefton.