EPULAERYU: (7 lines–33 syllables–7-5-7-5-5-3-1 About a culinary treat or favorite food. Ends with an exclamation point! = !)
I first saw and tasted Pizza in the late 1950’s in a small Italian restaurant in Kenosha, Wisconsin. My older sister had discovered it through eating out with some of her high school friends and excitedly told our family about this wonderful new food item. So our whole family went to see what it was and we all loved it! It ended up being my dad’s favorite food 😊
I Remember freshman hall, lockers slamming, saddle shoes running, clock ticking, four minute bell ringing.
I Remember upside down and backwards padlocks, cleats clicking on shiny floors, frustration at boyish pranks.
I Remember hall monitors sitting straight up in square tan desks checking hall passes.
I Remember English class, the Ides of March, Julius Caesar, “Et Tu, Brute” and our teacher, Miss Barton, reading aloud to us.
I Remember pony tails, petticoats, angora sweaters and class rings on neck chains.
I Remember GAA initiation, walking through peeled grapes and cooked spaghetti blindfolded, trying not to scream.
I Remember every stair and hallway, where they led, and the shortcuts only upper classmen knew about.
I Remember graduation day, on the football field, my classmates and I shedding bittersweet tears as we marched to “Pomp and Circumstance”.
I Remember signing annuals in the rotunda on the last day of school, not realizing those words would remain longer than the building we were standing in.
I Remember Pearce Campus before its bricks were sold and it became a parking lot.
Free Verse/Repetition Poem
I wrote this poem as an imitation of Joe Brainerd’s poem “I Remember” as spoken of in “Adventures in Anaphora” by Rebecca Hazelton.
I wrote it in memory of my old high school campus which was just torn down last summer and turned into a paved parking lot. I attended classes there from 1959-1962. The building held many memories before I attended and many afterwards. Its destruction touched the hearts of many people.