doublet — 2007-06-02

At Seventeen or Fifty

It’s all the same.

I learned the truth at seventeen
that love was meant for beauty queens
and high school girls with clear skinned smiles
who married young and then retired.
The valentines I never knew
the friday night charades of youth
were spent on one more beautiful
at seventeen I learned the truth

Janis Ian, from 1967’s Society’s Child to 2006’s Folk is the New Black , 40 years of truth and incite. She’ll be at the Bluebird in July. I might have to make a short road trip.

Janis Ian home page

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