IN THE HEYDAYS OF HIS EYES
(taut jeans dancing)

An Anthology of Poetry about Being Young and Growing Up
 
 
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TATTOO, CORAZON: RITCHIE VALENS, 1959

David Wojahn

He has three singles on the charts and in Six weeks will be dead, the Piper Cub that also kills Big Bopper, Buddy Holly and almost Dion, Skidding to pieces in an Iowa field. Easy to imagine premonitions-- That he wakes in night-sweats from dreams of falling-- But no. Harder to say he's seventeen And buys, with cash, a house in West L.A., Where he's sprawled tonight, sculpting in his bedroom A gift for his new wife, His left hand turns The knife in circles on his right. Where thumb And index finger meet, he cuts and squirms, Replacing blood with ink. Cotton stops the flow. She'll wake to heart shape, circling TE AMO.

 
 
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