Doo-Wop

George A. Yesthal

So where are they now,
The creaky floorboards of drug store soda fountains,
Stuffy too warm air wafting with pungent
Camel, Lucky and Pall Mall wisps?
Where now are the Bobby socked tarts,
Poodle skirt sluts and stuffed bras?
My kingdom for one frothy egg cream,
As I push aside the triple-layer corrugated cardboard
Dr. Grabow pipe display and stare at Debbie’s ass
as she plies her behind-the-counter trade..
She puts out, ya know.
Slip banned, covert copies of Ginsburg’s ’How’l,
And Kerouak’s ‘On the Road’…
(Iconoclasts both), from my book-bag.
Read and dream and dream and dream…
Of Debbie’s stretch pants ass.
The crackle of cherry-bomb glass packs
Echoing through the concrete corridors
Herald flame laden ’32 deuces and satin black Low riders on
Trinity Street, sticky with melted afternoon tar.
Cousin Brucey growling out the Top Ten and the Wolfman’s howl…
And the smell of the magazine rack
Sweet Springtime perfume.
Where are the Rock-a-Billie strains of Duane Eddy
Commanding feet to dance?
Sharkskin Pants, True Romance?
Where is my youth, my innocence?
They’re On the Road
With Allen and Jack.
And they ain’t comin’ back.

Doo-Wop

George Yesthal

Brodheadsville, United States

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