Louise Marie DelSanto

The Station Wagon - Poem by Louise Marie DelSanto

I immediately thought of
the little boy down the street, Laurel Hill Elementary.
All of a five minute ride with
a short, stocky, curly-haired boy, looking like a
Charlie Brown character.

I sat in the back seat of his mother's
car: Station wagon smelling of dog,
sticky-fingered windows half-opened,
ripped vinyl seats, schoolbag filled with
his books, and a greasy lunchbag.

He told his mother he was in love;
the principle of first crushes, Spring giving
new meaning to holding hands, bubble gum,
penny-candy, laughing-at-nothing, a fake diamond
ring, the smell of his leather jacket.

It was the only thing he talked about, having
his first girlfriend. I wore flowery dresses and
patent leather shoes with my Easter pocketbook,
a small bottle of cheap cologne hidden within.

The scent of dogs and leather reminds me of
him. A ride in the back seat of that old Chevy
gave new meaning to a first grader.
Thankfully, no one heard my crinoline slip
when his mother stopped on a dime.

He never said anything to me in the morning.
His mother smoked Pall Malls, and chewed
a pack of Wrigleys before the first late bell,
the Station wagon always cold and musty,
the exhaust billowing trails of white clouds.

Comments about The Station Wagon by Louise Marie DelSanto

  • (11/12/2005 3:32:00 PM)

    the narrative flows and flows just right
    sweet memory
    tinged like all memories
    with time and loss
    a powerful poem saying a world
    in a few lines

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, November 12, 2005

Poem Edited: Friday, August 8, 2008

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