3.30.2013

fifteen in spring, 1925

Gee! How I hate that Charles!
I just can’t stand him.
He’s too fresh.

Sophia said today that Charles
is going back to her again.
Maybe he won’t bother me any more.

We went to see
America’s only Siamese twins,
Daisy & Violet Hilton, at the Aldine.

I like someone else now, but
I’m afraid to say it because I’m afraid
he’ll just be like the rest.

I’ve found out that Frances likes Wayne.
Oh, well, she can have him.
(If she can get him.)

Am writing a story in my spare moments.
It’s rotten. I just do it
for lack of something better.

I don’t like any boy
in particular now, but I think Bill
is a pretty nice kid.

I guess Bill isn’t so wonderful after all.
The only really nice boy I knew,
I never expect to see again.

Have been sending to movie stars
for their pictures.
Norma Talmadge sent me one.


Linking up with Kerry's weekend prompt to the Real Toads: April, Come She Will

25 comments:

  1. This voice from the past sounds and fresh and vibrant as forever 15 will always be. I remember my mother having signed snaps of film stars in her album. She treasured them.

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  2. Oh I remember sending away to the stars and they would send back photos. Such a different time. I love this young voice of your grandmother, back at the beginning of her adventures, before she chose one "boy" to settle down with. I hope she was happy with him. Lovely, Marian!

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  3. I had to do the same, Marian. Spam sucks.

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    1. ugh, some of the spam is kinda entertaining, but there is just too much of it to manage, and my spam filter only catches about half of it. i hope this works out; i have some commenters who do comment anonymously (and then sign their name) and i'm not sure why, so hopefully they can still comment.

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  4. isn't this wonderful? i've been working with a diary she kept in high school, piecing and transforming entries into poems. i also have some other longer writings and poems from when she was in college. i found this snapshot of Norma Talmadge online :)

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  5. A fresh perspective from your family's past ~ I think its wonderful to go over old stuff and things ~

    I have also disallowed anon comments due to spam ~ It works very well ~

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  6. What lovely memories. It is such a treat to have your grandmother's diary for inspiration.

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  7. Fun and sparky. Quite a refreshing voice!

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  8. How cool is this!? When I was a teenager, I found a diary in a drawer at home (in the living room. I wasn't really being very snoopy. It was in there with the coasters and the candles.) and it had a whole fantasy written inside it, obviously by a young boy, about tying up his teacher so she couldn't stop him from ditching school to go fishing. I asked my mother about it and she told me it had been written by my grandfather's brother, around 1900. It was made all the more poignant when I found out that he never grew up, having drowned in a river as a teenager.

    My mother's family is pretty drab and reserved, so to find this lively diary was really something. It also struck me that, without the diary, I never would even have known about him. Anyway, I hope you'll write more like this!

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    1. oooh, wow. it really is poignant. i've been working with my grandmother's writing for a few years, with the plan of shaping it into a book. this piece (and i have a few others so far) were created from the oldest thing i have, this diary from when she was in high school. i'm exercising a lot of creative choice here, organizing and editing to create a bit of a narrative from something that's not necessarily exactly that. but not huge liberties... it rings true and they are her words.

      i posted one last week that's similar to this one: http://www.runawaysentence.com/2013/03/sixteenth-spring-1926.html

      i have another one ready for tomorrow (april 1). there's a lot more of my grandmother's writing, and my writing about her and in response to her, on this blog if you click on the "my grandmother" tag in the cloud to the right :)

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  9. How could 15 in Spring not match the prompt? I love your poetry inspired by your grandmother, and wish I could tap in to my own feelings for mine. Your poem did help me to write about my mother though - equally difficult - so I thank you for that.

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    1. oooh, you are welcome, Kerry. xo

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  10. I love this fresh voice from the past! How cool to have that photo!

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    1. ah, i got the photo online. but i figured it's like what she had!

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  11. How interesting that 15 in 1925 still sounds like the voice of a teenager from modern times. Very sweet poem and nice photo :)

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  12. This rings so true! Marvelous writing, Marian.

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  13. This is fabulous, Marian. I just love "I like someone else now, but I’m afraid to say it because I’m afraid he’ll just be like the rest" and also "Am writing a story in my spare moments. It’s rotten. I just do it for lack of something better."
    It seems 15-year-olds don't change all that much from decade to decade, or century to century.
    K

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  14. This puts me in mind of Ring Lardner in verse--and I am very much a Lardner fan.

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    1. ahhh, i haven't thought of Ring Lardner in ages, but that is an interesting comparison. my grandmother was born in 1910 and these diaries were from the mid-20's. she went on to college and had a family, and then became a journalist. she had a GREAT love of baseball (the Pittsburgh Pirates) so I'm certain he was familiar with his writing and columns. so fascinating to think about, i'm about to go doing some research and reading. thank you!!

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    2. So your grandmother and I both attended games at Forbes Field? I'm guessing she got there first.

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    3. by a few years, i'd think :)

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  15. ...and this is from an old diary? (the idea) Fantastic. And it does sound so "real" ... I fifteen year old girl.. yes, this definitely has that vibe... I guess some things don't change. :)

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  16. i'm so pleased to have enticed a new crowd of fans for my grandmother's writing! yippee!
    yes--her words, my arrangement and editing.

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  17. Oh, I do love when your Grandmother speaks here.

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