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.