True Story

12 Apr

(Prompt: write a poem consisting entirely of things you’d like to say, but never did, to a parent, lover, sibling, child, teacher, roommate, best friend, mayor, president, corporate CEO, etc.)

When you were a man,
and I was a girl,
you showed up one day
and rocked my world.
With whiskey, and cigarettes,
and kisses with tongue;
I could scarcely believe it
my heart was so young.

I had no words to express,
just the pounding in my chest;
I’d get lost in your eyes,
and the warmth of your breath.
And no sooner did you arrive, when
you left, in a whirl,
because you were a man
and I was a girl.

So, I promised myself
that I’d find you someday,
even if I was 40, or old and gray,
and I’d give you the kiss I meant to give,
and I’d never forget you, as long as I live.

El Manantial

El Manantial

This poem is about the birth of my bucket list, when I was 15.

Oct. 22 update: I got the idea that I should add a little backstory to reassure everyone that this was more innocent that it sounds. This is to a young man I met and became friends with when I lived overseas in the fall of 1986. He turned 18 and I turned 15 in October & November, respectively. He was on his way to college, and I was very inexperienced. We met in September, and by December 15th he was gone.

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11 Responses to “True Story”

  1. Wellie May 16, 2013 at 5:48 pm #

    I love this! Very nice :)

    • lupitatucker May 16, 2013 at 6:04 pm #

      Thank you! I am glad you liked it, as the title says, it is a true story.

  2. Björn Rudberg (brudberg) October 22, 2013 at 3:41 pm #

    Wow.. that was a sublime memory.. but still a little eerie.. sounds like a big age difference… and knowing sweet little girls of 15 they seems like little kids.

    • lupitatucker October 22, 2013 at 4:52 pm #

      It was a nice memory, but not a big age difference. He was 17 but on his way to college, so like a “man” to me …

  3. brian miller October 22, 2013 at 4:04 pm #

    smiles. hmm….makes me wonder who this guy is….but there were def those when i was young that i saw in which i could relate this…smiles.

    • lupitatucker October 22, 2013 at 5:27 pm #

      Thanks Brian, it was very innocent actually, not sexual at all. He was on his way to college and we met during a semester abroad. It’s interesting, the feedback, how it sounds to other people …

  4. Steve King October 22, 2013 at 4:32 pm #

    A remarkable story and a fine poem. Maybe he’ll read this!!!
    Steve K

    • lupitatucker October 22, 2013 at 6:14 pm #

      Really glad you liked it Steve. It’s highly likely.

  5. grapeling October 22, 2013 at 6:42 pm #

    cadence like lyrics – jaunty, naughty – rolls well off the tongue ~ M

  6. Katie (@PunkRockPoet84) October 22, 2013 at 7:48 pm #

    Very nice! Oh, young love! I love the concept! :-)

  7. Ayala October 23, 2013 at 7:19 pm #

    Lovely !

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