Memoir Mixtape Vol.1/ Track 6

“On ‘American Pie’ by Don McLean” by Drew T. Coble

 

“A long, long time ago
I can still remember how that music used to make
me smile.”

                                  A toddler in purple Barney pajamas
                                  clutching a dollar bill
                                  swaying toward the stage
                                  in a hole-in-the-wall Mexican grill
                                   north of Atlanta.

                                 The guitarist would put his boots up on a tattered
                                 case, crooning, holding the music close to his chest
                                 and the toddler would let the dollar fall
                                  into a hat and the guitarist would smile
                                  never faltering.

                                 This was sometime after the divorce,
                                 sometime before Centennial Olympic Park,
                                 there was a mortar attack in Greece,
                                 and nobody wanted to play the Chicago Bulls.

“A long, long time ago
I can still remember how that music used to make
me smile.”

                                  A toddler in blue Batman pajamas
                                  clutching his blanket
                                  swaying toward his fathers bed
                                  in a down-in-the-heels apartment
                                  north of Fayetteville.

                                  The father would put his feet down on the tattered
                                  carpet, crooning, holding the toddler close to his chest
                                  and the father would let the toddler fall
                                  asleep and the father would smile
                                  never faltering.

                                  This was sometime after his termination,
                                  sometime before Maria,
                                  there was a cold war looming,
                                  and nobody wanted to play for the Chicago Bulls.

About the Author:
Drew Coble can be found on Instagram: @d.ty.cob

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