Daisy Clover, Me and Thee

Daisy Clover, Me and Thee

I live inside a Daisy Clover

World for a little while.

 

I see Natalie/Daisy on

The boardwalk,

 

And Christopher Plummer,

Right after The Sound of Music

 

Which I understand he just

Wanted to forget

 

And Daisy sings in someone

Other than Natalie’s voice

 

Just like in West Side Story

On her way to fame

 

As she stakes her claim.

Sweet Natalie has a song

 

That cries to be sung. It’s

1965 (or 35) and the music sounds

 

Just like it as Ruth Gordon

Croaks out some sounds

 

On the California (seems like Jersey)

Shore sounding tough for an old

 

Jersey gal, and a really young (just

Look at his skin) Robert Redford,

 

Of course, looking Robert

Redford-esk and a lot

 

Like what I imagine my

Late father-in-law looked

 

Like when he was Redford

In The Sting, and, Holy Cow,

 

That was so much like the guy

From the South-side who was my

 

Late wife’s dad and my son’s

Grandfather, my son looking

 

A lot like Redford, also. And,

Yes, even though it has been

 

Nineteen years since she died,

I still miss the blond-haired, blue/

 

Green-eyed girl who could have

Been Redford’s sister. She’s the

 

One who I met at fourteen and

Threw straw at on a church hay-

 

Ride and then courted seven

Years later, married, lived

 

With for twenty-six years and

Who then up and died in

 

A day.  While I watch Natalie

Scream and shout and yell

 

Her Daisy Clover yell

Knowing that she, too

 

Died in a day, drowned.

As I watch I hear Barbra

 

Streisand singing “The Way

We Were,” and Natalie,

 

Christopher, Robert, Ruth,

My late, great father-in-law

 

And the blond-haired, blue-

Green eyed girl I loved

 

All dance together on what sure

Seemed like that Jersey shore.

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