Monday, February 4, 2008

Blue Nostalgia

I can’t control who knocks on my door, but I can decide whether to answer or not.

Nostalgia knocked on my door tonight. Last time I swore I wouldn't let her in again. She knew about my vow, but came anyway.

I heard her out on my stoop.

She was singing jazzy blues—Singing like I wish I could—
Blues of a thousand different shades in that achy vibrato—deep and rich.
Melancholy created the tonal quality of her voice.

Yes, I answered the door. I tried to ignore her, but I couldn't resist that voice and that song.

I invited her to come in and visit. I hoped she wouldn't stay too long.

I offered her coffee. And we talked and talked. We revisited places I haven’t been in a long, long time. We talked about what used to be. We shared the same stories, but we remembered them a little differently, and we argued about the details.

The bittersweet visit ended abruptly when I told my friend, Nostalgia, that I could see her rose-colored glasses perched on her nose.

She accused me of being a cynic and left.

Next time I just won't answer the door.

Yeah, right.

2 comments:

Mac Goddard said...

This one reminded me of the "lookin' back" song; you know, the "I was lookin' back to see, if you were lookin' back to see, if I was lookin' back to see, if you were lookin' back at me; and you were cute as you could be standing lookin' back at me, as I was lookin' back to see if you were lookin' back at me" song!

I am glad you ended with "yeah right"!

Steve said...

Been there...been there!