If I Could Say (Nostalgia for Mars)

Pop Music from Mars

If I could say
if I could put into words
all the sweetness
that you brought
into my life

Be like a summertime
long ago
in the park
on the 4th of July
by the riverside

my first published poem (1971):


you can do anything you want.

the baby here is trying to decide

about growing up human. he's rubbing

his double chin, he's a serious kid.

in a house on Arthur Street

a cap pistol is sitting on a desk

in the bedroom upstairs with the yellow

walls. according to the kid here

it's supposedly waiting

for the little green men.

the sky gets closer

as it gets more blue,

and you can recall

the 4th of July

all the heat

and all those little flags

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