To Be Hip

Vintage Words


All my life

I wanted to be cool

and some years

I succeeded. Black

bandana on my head

pulled slant, big earrings,

dashiki and afro big

as Angela's.


Most of my life

I was average, as

women go, following

all the rules, upright

and Christian.


It took me a while

to figure out that cool

is a state  of demeanor

and a way of speaking.

Taking it slow meant

as gently as you need

or swiftly when  required.


The rest of my life

will be very cool indeed.

I'm old and feisty and don't

care who likes it or not.

I take it slow, not because

I'm arthritic. I take it slow

because I'm hip and I

have learned the rudiments

of cool.








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