Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Remembrances: Portrait of Dorian, Gray

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That was then:






Iggy Pop

Recently
I saw him self-described
as an elderly man
of means

I remember him
as a ninth-grader
with a big dick
and matching soft eyes
in the boy’s locker room
helping a weeping classmate
untie a tough knot
in the chin strap
of his scuffed leather football helmet

And I remember him
in khakis and cardigan wool
reciting his poem
about hedgehogs
in AP English class

I remember him next
like me arrived early
waiting in the lobby of
the undergraduate library
for the doors to open:

just back from Chicago
his summer invested
in the blues -
he wore western boots and
his hair was long:

So what do you call yourself now –
I asked – a hippie?

Still kind, he
quietly untied the square knot
in my question:

I’m hip –
he said – but I’m not a hippie.

10 comments:

William R. Barkler said...

Nothing a haircut and perhaps some plastic surgery wouldn't fix up!

(*GRIN*)

Hey... seriously, Rob... I wish Iggy nothing but the best.

BILL

Rodak said...

What a long, strange trip it's been. At least, that's my guess.

Anonymous said...

I remember him
as a ninth-grader
with a big dick
and matching soft eyes
in the boy’s locker room


And I thought it was the YOUNGER generation that had a problem with TMI ...

---MS

Anonymous said...

And no sooner than I jibe you over pubescent perambulations, the news sites are now posting pics of a young Obama having his hair gently stroked by another lad.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1258543/Meet-chubby-boy-curly-hair-New-photographs-Barack-Obamas-childhood-Indonesia-emerge.html

Say goodnight, Gracie ...

---MS

Rodak said...

Grow up.

Rodak said...

Heh-heh-heh, he said "dick!"

Anonymous said...

Okay ... you ... YOU ... bring up the subject of a pop star's assets, and you tell your reader/commenter that HE is the one who needs to grow up? Funny, of all the things I usually think about Iggy Pop---classic albums, working/writing with David Bowie and Kate of the B-52s, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, "Trainspotting"---that subject never seems to come up (no pun).

Speaking of growing up, did you find him to be grower or a shower?

---MS

Rodak said...

(**HUGE FRIGGIN' GRIN**)

William R. Barker said...

See... "Barkerese" does grow on one!

BILL

Rodak said...

Sometimes you feel like a nut. Sometimes you don't.