Wednesday, February 06, 2008

At Seventeen

I was in limbo.

I learned the truth at seventeen...

After a series of less than noble sexual encounters I was confused, conflicted and somewhat disgusted with myself.

That love was meant for beauty queens...

When I started to realize that these adventures had a potential for hurt, I stopped them.

In high school girls with clear skinned smiles...

It would be two more years before I would attempt any further intimacies; those also ended poorly.

Who married young and then retired...

I still had my desires, I just felt that I shouldn't act on them.

The valentines I never knew...

I thought that I was undesirable to anyone.

The Friday night charades of youth...

My lack of money and wheels put a crimp in any dating plans.

Were spent on one more beautiful...

Still, near the very end of my Senior year, I managed to arrange a date.

At seventeen I learned the truth...

And not just any date, but a date with the loveliest, smartest, most talented girl in school.

And those of us with ravaged faces...

I talked my childhood buddy into driving us so I had to get him a date too.

Lacking in the social graces...

And it was OK. Live theater- a funny play, and even a bite to eat afterwards.

Desperately remained at home...

I was trying to sort out some major problems I had.

Inventing lovers on the phone...

I later found out that she was bitter about her high school experience.

Who called to say come dance with me...

She had barely dated at all.

And murmured vague obscenities...

I never knew.

It isn't all it seems...

But we had one night where it was OK.

At seventeen.

-"At Seventeen" lyrics by Janis Ian

By Professor Batty



6 Comments:

Blogger lab munkay said...

But who sings this song?


Blogger Sharon Spotbottom said...

Better to peak after High School. All the most interesting people do!!


Blogger lab munkay said...

I thought for sure this was Jewel or Sara Mcloughlin or even Bette Middler. It is one of those songes I had heard but never payed any attention too. I 'tubed her, not that I doubted you. But I doubted you.


Blogger tsduff said...

Nice meme made from the wistful song I could hardly bare to listen to way back then...


Blogger operator_99 said...

Kidding, right - the song was the major hit for Janis Ian, who wrote and performed it.


Blogger Professor Batty said...

... and operator_99 is correct! Duly noted and amended! Munkay, you were on the right track...

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