Memory Gardens by Ben Rasnic

 

In 1978 my father bought me
a ‘75 Chevy Nova
when my Pontiac Lemans
succumbed to poor craftsmanship
and consequently exiled
to the local junkyard.
The first night, we checked
this icon out in my parents’ unpaved
driveway, smoking Salems,
drinking beer and listening
to Virginia Tech football
on the radio.
This moment reappeared
tonight while, alone,
checking out my new loaner,
a 2015 Nissan Frontier
parked in my freshly
paved driveway;
not oblivious to the fact
that no one listens
to football games
on the radio nor
buys Chevy Novas
anymore.

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