Pittsburgh Love Stories
For a Time We Wanted Something New
Fantasy and Fact in One Southern Childhood
I was bored by all
    stubb-bearded cowboys
    roping steers
    to fierce yells.
A hidden violinist
    always played Rossini.

I liked only
    the serving girl
    talking to the cook;
the whining wind
    on a moonlit night;
the splashing plunges
    of a small wild waterfall.

It took a Dickens bit
    of brittle Murdstone
for the silver screen
    to show me
    just how lonely
white middleclass Georgia
    really was. •

Louie Crew is the author of 1,617 published works. He is an emeritus professor at Rutgers: The State University of New Jersey, and a native of Alabama.


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