Shades of a Misspent Youth Redux

He’d come home from school

         Each day, turn on the T.V.

And watch Mr. Lucky, the original

         With Cary Grant and later

The series with Craig Stevens, and

         The Thin Man with Myrna Loy

And William Powell and then the

         Three Stooges – Larry, Curly and

Moe and for sure Laurel and Hardy

         And of course Abbot and Costello

“Slowly I turn, step by step, closer and

         Closer….” And then after many

More years in school and a vocation and

         Twenty-six thousand miles jogging

The equivalent of around the world at the

         Equator plus a thousand, now in

The evening he sits with his feet up and

         Watches Turner Classic Movies and

Remembers how good movies used

         To be.  He laughs as if for the

First time as he wanders off to

         Bed and thinks, The more things

Change, the more they remain the same.

         And he’s glad for it and he thinks

About time curving back on itself

         And the past, present and future

Accompany him down the stairs

And under the covers.

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