April 21, 2017



The year Jolene hit the airwaves
Gene was living high on the hog of love,
laughing into his two palms,
convinced he was no fool, but a clever
thief who stole Fran away from her husband.

In their clandestine car rides,
they sang along with Dolly’s, “Jolene, Jolene,”
all the while singing in parody:
“Oh Gene, Oh Gene, I’m begging
of you please don’t take my Fran.
Don’t take her just because you can.”

Sometimes treasures are empty chests
and what appears a triumph in 1973
down-slides to defeat in '88.
Fran played the game again with someone else.


1 comment:

  1. I love this Sal your poetry tells a definite story and I like the role reversal or what Gene thought was a role reversal. "Sometimes treasures are empty chests" beautiful line, I guess Gene never thought things would end up how they did.
    Wonderful :)