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Story ID:9701
Written by:Monte Leon Manka (bio, contact, other stories)
Story type:Poem
Location:Corona CA USA
Person:Aging Chelsea Kansas Kid
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Headed this noon
To “Eduardo’s” Mexican cafe
For a couple enchiladas
For Shirley and I today

As I parked the car
And the reflection that I did see
In the a full length glass door
There looking back at me, was me

I saw this decrepit old man
That couldn’t be me
Since I was the only one there
It must be-

As I went into the café
I sat down in a booth
The thought hit my mind
What happened to my youth?

Where did that person go?
That barefoot boy with cheek of tan
Seemed like just yesterday
That he became a man.

Wedding day
Not that far away
Started a family
Just yesterday

Left Kansas
On down the hi way
Ended up in Harbor City
In Californ-i-a

With my next door neighbor
I had some good luck
He was instrumental
In my driving a truck

Retired at age 62
What am I say
Not that long ago
Seems like yesterday

So I’ll swallow my pride
Also my anxiety
Impress on my mind
To comprehend the reality

That life is short
Seems like an eternity
So far all my life
Is still in my memory

At the age of 87
All I can say
I’ll swear to you
Seems like yesterday.

Monte L. Manka 04-25-2014