A revolutionary man,Who wears no black capeThrows no bombBurns no building andKills no dignitary,Is hard to findIn a cast of thousands.
But look for the boyWho has a fire in his eyesThat says he's beenAlone too long,And watch his world self-destruct.
If you had asked me just yesterday give you a short list of things I'd never put on this blog, poetry from my freshman year of college would not have made the list. That's because the idea would have been so unthinkable, it wouldn't have occurred to me as being even a remote possibility.
But here we are.
Today my sister Sandy gave me a copy of a publication she had found among some items she's sorting through from the attic of the house where my family lived during my high school and early college years. "I think you have a poem in this," she said.
The long, thin, illustrated booklet, a bit yellowed with age but otherwise in good shape, was the free poetry writers workshop anthology (all lowercase in the original) from the Experimental College at CSULB. I don't see the Experimental College anywhere on the university's Website these days, so there are probably a diminishing number of us who remember its freewheeling opportunities for non-credit study of topics outside (sometimes way outside) the usual curricula.