Happy holiday weekend!! Truly, the author of LIE.
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Caroline Bock-BEFORE MY EYES

Happy holiday weekend!! Truly, the author of LIE.

Truly, from the author of LIE -- a wish for a happy, healthy, joyful holiday weekend --
and more poetry! This long narrative poem is about a young girl, her childhood in the 1970s...and what defined her:  television, a single parent, (a father raising four kids), a mother who had a stroke, a sense of holding onto to what matters and letting go of what doesn't. I've added the next stanza, highlighted in bold. Stay tuned for more over the weekend.  And of course, if you are interested in more of my writing, read LIE.  
 
The Idiot Box

My father called it
the Idiot Box
like it was a nickname, or
term of endearment.
I was twelve.
He called me
Toots, a nickname,
a term of endearment.
Sometimes,   
Ignoramus.  
T.V. was always the Idiot Box.
                       *
The Idiot  Box:
knobs, broken off,
a pair of pliers plucked the channels.
The Idiot Box:
black and white,
rabbit ears,
sculpted wire coat hangers
caught the signals.
The Idiot Box:
a Buddha on a woman’s
long dresser, my mother’s dresser,
along the wall in the living room,
bowed to a pair of plaid easy chairs,
and a burnt orange couch.
In front of The Idiot Box:
my mother
peed
through
the bottom of her wheelchair
and was taken away,
a bad puppy,
out of sight.
            *
5, 7, 9 and 11,
the four channels of the Idiot Box.  
Don’t think we were far from the City.
We were the ‘Queen of the Sound,’
45 minutes from Broadway,
home of Tom Paine, author of “Common Sense,” 
a city founded by Huguenots, who fled
France and religious persecution –
New Rochelle;
an intersection of past and future,
a  T.V. antennae perched precariously
on our roof because who the hell needs
more than four channels of television, anyway?
We didn’t. 
            *
 to be continued... by Caroline Bock

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