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This might have been better timed for January, the anniversary of the famous Supreme Court decision, but who can tell when an idea will strike? The idea for this was inspired by a poem written by a poet from Martha's Vineyard which was published on Facebook in the "Martha's Vineyard Poetry Society." It was a "coming of age" type poem which included the mention of being "not quite twenty-one." The event(s) at this poem's heart happened when I was not quite twenty-one.



Means "beautiful voice" from Greek καλλος (kallos) "beauty" and οψ (ops) "voice". In Greek mythology she was a goddess of epic poetry and eloquence, one of the nine Muses.  

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I was actually in love
Or felt I was, back then
(In the year of Roe V. Wade)
With two different young men.

One was my "old" boyfriend from
The college I'd left, 'twas "no go."
The other, met at the new school
Missed his girl, elsewhere also

As I was missing my guy.
For us both, sweet misery;
Joint loneliness drew us together.
Fell for each other accidentally.

When #1 finally joined me
At the new school, we tried--
Sad. Life plans blown up by fate and time.
We found we no longer harmonized.

Distraught, I turned to #2
His roommate liked me, too.
Was with them both, unprotected
An "oops" of the worst kind ensued.

Not a difficult decision:
A mother I was not prepared to be
#2 and roomie cleaved to their own,
Bad situation for us all three.

University Hospital physician
Had opened his own clinic
In the new legal environment
The answer, safe and therapeutic.

My choice: never regretted,
Two sons, born and raised since,
Both chosen and planned,
The best thing, at least, in this.

Readers & Book Lovers Series Schedule:

This diary is a day late,
due to a failure on the part of bigjac.

Better late than never.

DAY TIME (EST/EDT) Series Name Editor(s)
SUN 6:00 PM Young Reader's Pavilion The Book Bear
2:00 PM What's on Your E-Reader? Caedy
2:00 PM Bibliophile's Wish List Caedy
Sun 9:30 PM SciFi/Fantasy Book Club quarkstomper
Bi-Monthly Sun Midnight Reading Ramblings don mikulecky
MON 8:00 PM Monday Murder Mystery michelewln, Susan from 29
Mon 11:00 PM My Favorite Books/Authors edrie, MichiganChet
TUES 5:00 PM Indigo Kalliope: Poems from the Left bigjacbigjacbigjac
alternate Tuesdays 8:00 AM LGBT Literature Texdude50, Dave in Northridge
alternate Tuesdays 8:00 AM All Things Bookstore Dave in Northridge
Tue 8:00 PM Contemporary Fiction Views bookgirl
WED 7:30 AM WAYR? plf515
Wed 2:00 PM e-books Susan from 29
Wed 8:00 PM Bookflurries Bookchat cfk
THU 8:00 PM Write On! SensibleShoes
Thu (first each month) 11:00 AM Monthly Bookpost AdmiralNaismith
alternate Thursdays (on hiatus) 11:00 PM Audiobooks Club SoCaliana
FRI 8:00 AM Books That Changed My Life Diana in NoVa
alternate Fridays 8:00 PM Books Go Boom! Brecht
Fri 10:00 PM Slightly Foxed -- But Still Desirable shortfinals
SAT (fourth each month) 11:00 AM Windy City Bookworm Chitown Kev
Sat 12:00 PM You Can't Read That! Paul's Book Reviews pwoodford
Sat 9:00 PM Books So Bad They're Good Ellid

Originally posted to Readers and Book Lovers on Wed Apr 09, 2014 at 02:00 PM PDT.

Also republished by Indigo Kalliope.

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  •  Tip Jar (10+ / 0-)

    What I want to know is, who's going to pay for these crimes against humanity that those b@st@rds are perpetrating against the rest of us?

    by Kit RMP on Wed Apr 09, 2014 at 02:00:46 PM PDT

  •  That's an overwhelming story, told dry and sparse (5+ / 0-)

    There are threads in the tapestry of me that hold some similar passions, confusion, connections.

    When I tell them (mostly to myself) I go the opposite way, into prolix melodrama. The tale rattles around my head, on and on, spinning grooves there. Eventually the spinning is done, and I feel a coherent grasp of that piece, and I feel a little more whole and peaceful.

    This is what convinced me that I want to write novels. Novels are a very good place to spin grooves round and round, until you find some larger harmony in all the bits of noise.

    I'm glad you put that last verse in, as it brought some harmony and wholeness to your jagged tale.

    "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

    by Brecht on Wed Apr 09, 2014 at 03:55:23 PM PDT

    •  In "real life," I'm often an "over-explainer" (3+ / 0-)

      and tend to get too wordy, so poetry is really a good discipline for me, in that respect.

      Just as a little "post" history, I ran into #1's younger brother sometime later, after #1 sent me a letter, trying to breathe new life into the dead embers. I told "little brother" that it made no sense to me and he agreed with me. I'm sure he told #1 what I said, and I never heard from him again--have no idea what's happened to him since. #2 and the roomie both married their respective girlfriends. I heard from #2 that roomie and his wife had had several children. Don't know anything more of him, either. I hope his wife, whom I knew, though not well, and who was quite jealous of me, though with really no reason to be, outside of that one anomalous occasion, when I was flat out out-of-my-head temporarily insane, was able to curb his roving eye and sometimes poor impulse control, once she got him to the altar.

      #2 and I have remained friends over the years, and though we live far apart and don't communicate often, we still know where to find each other, if we choose to. He and his wife have one son, a very nice young man. I like the entire family, who have all had their challenges in life to deal with, and wish them all well.

      What I want to know is, who's going to pay for these crimes against humanity that those b@st@rds are perpetrating against the rest of us?

      by Kit RMP on Wed Apr 09, 2014 at 05:00:55 PM PDT

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  •  It's good to see that mostly-happy endings (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Brecht, Kit RMP

    resulted from some not-so-happy circumstances. Thank you for writing this.

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