American Mythology (#1)


the history lessons i received in school

have very little connection to the stories

my grandfather waited until i was 25 to begin telling me

but they do sound like the tv shows and movies

produced as saturday morning serials in his day

and cartoons in mine


which should have made me nervous as a kid

since Neil Armstrong, MLK, WWII, Vietnam,

FDR, Sputnik, food stamps, AIDS,

computers, the Cold War, crack, Coltrane and the Greatest


all changed history between my generation and his

but since there were bright colors and the good guys always won

I tried hard to believe the myths

since what else could be true



 © Gayle Force Press 2015



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