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Spring 1985, Volume 2


LaVon B. Carroll

LaVon B. Carroll is Professor of English and Editor of Weber Studies. She is active in the Utah State Poetry Society by which she was named Utah State Poet of the Year in 1982. Her book The Shrouded Carousel was published that year. She is President elect of the Utah State Poetry Society.

The Color of Hair

(To Punkers in Scotland, '82)

Radiant with contempt
for me in my dull tan
Mackintosh, you jostle me
with your transistor radios
in Prince's street.

You annihilate my gray-porridge world
with your patent-leather
clad buttocks, scorning all I still hold
decent public behavior.

I try to smile at your spiky, red, green
yellow, jet-black hair,
your tragic arrogance,
your funny innocence and
shift my shopping bag in which I have
some soap, a washcloth, a notebook,
a few of those civilized, domestic
items you ridicule,

I am humiliated, it's true,
by age, by pain, by you.
Yet I know something you have yet to learn
Life has trapped us both
between yesterday and tomorrow.
It doesn't matter what color our hair is.