Poem of the Week, by Luci Shaw

When Alison shuffles up on a playlist, or in a store, or on the radio, I take it as a sign: There’s my song. A sign of what, who knows, other than that it brings me back to high school, waitressing at Friendly Ice Cream, and the guy at the counter who said Elvis Costello wrote a song about you, you know.
Someone wrote a song about me? And he even spelled it with one l.

Something changed, in a tiny way, for the better that night, as it did the night someone told me, at a wedding where I’d avoided them all weekend, that they had, despite how it seemed, truly loved me all that time ago. The way it changed when, going through a giant bin of old letters, I found one signed We all adore you, from a troubled time. It takes so little, sometimes, to reshape the past.

Wrong Turn, by Luci Shaw

I took a wrong turn the other day.
A mistake, but it led me to the shop where I found
the very thing I’d been searching for.

With my brother I opened a packet
of old letters from my mother and saw a side of her
that sweetened what had been deeply sour.

Later that day the radio sang a song from
a time when I was discovering love,
and folded me into itself again.

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7 comments

  1. Larry Nalls · August 27

    I like this one, the poem and your story.How are you Alison with one l? My aim is true,Larry

    Liked by 1 person

    • alisonmcghee · August 27

      Many times in my life I’ve riffed off that line. 🙂

      Like

  2. Lady Shamla Rose · August 27

    *Beloved Alison McGhee
    *

    Your words match with the poem.

    *I am sharing where I am on the 27th August 2022, New Moon in Virgo.

    In love, with love, for love
    Shamla of Shamballa*

    Liked by 1 person

    • alisonmcghee · August 27

      I so appreciate your sign-off, Shamla. It makes the world better.

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      • Lady Shamla Rose · August 28

        **

        *
        *

        *Beloved Alison McGhee

        It is so wonderful to get a response from you.

        I am sharing with you, what I posted this morning. I am truly proud of
        my evolution. I remain in deep divine awe with it all.

        In love, with love, for love
        Shamla of Shamballa*

        Like

  3. April Halprin Wayland · August 27

    Magical. Both your intro (as always) and the poem. I am sending to my sister so we can nod our heads as one, 500 miles apart.

    Liked by 1 person

    • alisonmcghee · August 27

      Oh, I love thinking of the two of you nodding as one. xo

      Like

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