Plant 2
By Don Kingfisher Campbell

I’m 18 and she’s 21
Our first traveling date

The Long Beach Pier, old Queen’s Pike
November 19, 1977

I’ve never been
on a roller coaster before

We strap in one that circles
t
h
i
s
w
a
y
It’s called The Hammer

Then we lean in
The Bobsled Run

around and
around and around and
around and

I scream She screams
We hold on tight We get off

I stagger

About 11 feet away

my stomach comes out
thru
my
mouth

So much for the date

She escorts me slowly to my car

A big ’63 Buick
with vinyl brown benches

I lie in the back
ghostly

She talks to me
leaning over the front
seat

We marry
shortly thereafter

And divorce
almost as quickly

She becomes a nurse

And I’m still reeling
out poems

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3 comments

  1. Enjoyed this poem and how it moves from this one place to the rest of the poet’s life. I remember the Long Beach Pike from the early 60’s.

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