3 Poems by Scot Young

The Early Years

In 1954
my father bought

mom a new pink &
white dodge

she loved that car
so much she painted

the house to match
the mills brothers sang

you’re nobody til
somebody loves you

that night
I was conceived

after a couple
of cans of heidl brau

and for a brief

all was right
with the  world


Before Girls

we would push our bikes up
the steep hills
then zoom down zig- zagging
like daredevils
wind in our face
drying out the butchwax
made to wear by dad
until we couldn’t roll any further
like a thousand screaming locusts
the maris  mantle and mays
rookie cards clothes-pinned
to our spokes turning
our schwinns into
wannabe triumphs
old man smith would yell
as we flew by
you little dumb asses
was all we could make out
for that summer we were
the wild ones spitting
gnats from our teeth


First Day of Girls


in seventh grade
first hour     I saw
carmela occhipinti
big itailian smile
ta-tas to match
orange mini dress
off-white pokla-dots
are there bombshells
at 12?
never saw this
in grammar school–
those chocolate eyes
cut right to the center
of a 7th grade
boy’s heart
nothing else mattered
before or after

that polka dot image
was burned into this
kid’s brain
testosterone &
raced to every corner
of my body
as i stumbled
into the chair beside her
–slouched in jeans
white t-shirt
checked her out
through the corner
of my eye
checking me out
through the corner
of hers

today i learned
on some reunion site
she had died–
breast cancer
of all damn things
it made me sad
i hoped her life
was good
as i saw her
in that mini dress
and remembered
how many times
i dropped my pencil

13 Responses to “3 Poems by Scot Young”

  1. Tammy Daniel Says:

    Incredible, emotional impact. Tammy

  2. Rock solid work.

  3. Both are powerful with strong images!

  4. ah, the mills brothers. didn’t Elvis own a pink cadillac? like the poem “before girls.” al

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  5. Damn fine poems, Scot as I can relate to dropping pencils, schwinns, spitting gnats and being conceived when my parents loved each other…

  6. I think he did–we had a pink Dodge

  7. Beautiful stuff, Scot and thanks for sharing!

  8. Mary Beth Caponetto Says:

    Thank you for sharing a part of you…..from someone that your life touched…..so long ago.

  9. Alarie Tennille Says:

    Thanks for the trip back to my childhood, too. Strong poems. You chose just the right details to pull us in and keep us replaying your words.

  10. Thank you all for reading and appreciate the comments as well.

  11. Anthony Liccione Says:

    Great reading Scot… brings me back to that 7th grade puppy love! 🙂

  12. free penny press Says:

    Bang! All are great reads!!

  13. scot – from conception to death, you’ve got it down. great work. thanks for sharing. best, winnie

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