My son’s poetry: Friday Night in Kennesaw
I’m trying to convince my son to publish a poem on my blog at least once a month.
He’s the serious poet in the family, I’m the occasional poet.
If poetry were food: He gives you the steak and I give you hamburger…unless you’re a vegetarian. Then his poetry is like a fresh garden salad while mine is the overcooked peas.
If you’d like to see more of his poetry, please let him know in the reply section.
Friday Night in Kennesaw
From thirty rows up I could see
The whole of the field, spread out
Its former farmland made spritely for
Visitors, players, instrumentalists mulling about
While the local team hammered the opposition,
They call them warriors for days like this
When nothing but lines of teenagers
And aggression can’t be sealed with a kiss
Or parents observing above. The stands,
Metal antiquities pressed to hard, durable seating
From forges and the 200-decibel loudspeaker to my right,
And to my left, the mother I met at meet and greet
Two years ago, dancing to the kickoff chant,
A reminder of 90s clubs and flip phones we left behind
Along with follicles and long dried conditioner,
Of which those on the field have no knowledge,
Nor would the child, holding her euphonium, marching
For the first time across that same field, smile intact,
And her father, iPhone raised in solemn recording,
While the lady to my side tells me about why she’s apt
To go back to school after four kids and twenty years
Of no job, loudspeaker still pushing us against our hands
And breezes, not from voice or line or even musical chants,
Can take us back onto the lost and ever clamoring lands.
More about my son:
- He’s a full professor teaching Spanish and Portuguese language and literature.
- He’s a student working towards a Bachelor’s degree in Music.
- He’s the single father of a soon-to-be-14 daughter who is too smart for her own good, and…
- Yes, ladies, he cleans, cooks, and does laundry!
You can find more of his poetry at: https://www.finishinglinepress.com/product/an-ode-to-friendship-by-robert-simon/