The Girl In The Chuck Taylor All-Stars

Her hair blown free,

with eyes ablaze


She walked toward me,

through morning haze


Her steps unmeasured,

her cutoffs tight


Eyes palest blue,

the lightest light


Would I speak first,

would she respond


In ten more seconds,

her image gone


Our shoulders brush,

she passes by


My arm goes numb,

my heart on fire


I had no choice,

I’d lost control


My breathing stopped,

I’d play the fool


And looking back,

all fear defied


An all-star waited

—her ‘Chucks’ untied


(State College Pennsylvania: June, 1969)

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