Friday, March 18, 2011

Very Good Years

By David Roth
© 28th March, 2011
With apologies to Evan Drake
And Old Blue Eyes

When I was seventeen
It was a very good year

The Beatles were cool
The Doors were hot
Hendrix was sizzling,
The Archies were not
I fell for a girl
auburn hair, eyes of green,

When I was seventeen

When I was twenty-one
It was a very good year

In a world fresh and new
I was left all alone,
I was young and alive
I was off on my own
life was sudden and full
and my days young and fun

When I was twenty-one

When I was thirty-five
It was a very good year

I have a family now
children, mortgage and wife
and if it’s not what I planned
it is an interesting life
as the clock’s ticking down
I was fully alive

When I was thirty-five

But now the days grow short
I’m in the autumn of the year
And now I think of my life as vintage wine
from fine old kegs
from the brim to the dregs
And it pours sweet and clear
It was a very good year

High school, college,
marriage,  divorce
children who thrive
by their will, by their force,

beginnings and ends
sharing memories with friends,
the times have been filled
both with laughter and tears

They’ve all been very good years,
Yes, they’ve been very good years.

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