A Blond Girl Somewhere in the Midwest by James Keller in memory of Jan Baltz
A blonde girl somewhere in the midwest Where people keep their feelings to themselves Goes to the public pool and does her best To cool off and at the same time, has gone To a lot of trouble to fix her face
because that handsome lifeguard’s on duty, And though she knows she must keep her feelings To herself, she takes the plunge and succeeds In breaking the surface at his bare feet
Hoping that her bright, painted, smiling face Will be noticed by the suntanned lifeguard; But as she comes up face to face With the object of her desire,
Noticing that her elaborate eye Make-up is running down her eager face, She swims away from the goodlooking guy, Moves away, marries, and has children,
Gets divorced, lives under reading’s spell, Loses her faith, finds another soul mate, Nirvana replaces heaven and hell, And although she died at seven last night, For me, at least, she will always be
A blonde girl somewhere in the midwest About to take the plunge.