In one day two icons are gone
I tell my son – the king of pop
and the queen of the pinup.
We stop for gas and I talk
to a lady filling up and
almost make her cry by reminding
her of song titles and
the single sequined glove.
I give her my copy of a “Best of” CD
I have in my car and tell her to play
#5 on her way home.
I promise her it will become her favorite
song from when he was really little
and beat James Brown at being James Brown –
before the moonwalk or the fun house mirrors –
when his voice was full of the same
fear and hunger that we all feel
in being little and wanting desperately
to understand love.
As we drive away my son asks me why I spoke
to a stranger and why I’d give her my disc.
I tell him I can get another copy, but that the lady
really needed to hear a good thing from her past
and that I’d show him my Farrah poster later.
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