Poetry Friday: Class of 1974

Thanks to Linda at A Word Edgewise for hosting Poetry Friday. Tonight is the 1974 class dinner for Lewis and Clark College. One of the organizers asked me to lead off the toasts. (She’s my friend and I think she knew I’d write a poem).

What better than to write a “We come from…type poem. I contacted my friends and asked them for five things about our years, one word, don’t over think it. We were so lucky with the strong bonds we created forty-five years ago.

Class of 1974

We come from around the globe, the Age of Aquarius, the VietNam War, and Mt. Hood looming in the distance

We are Platt-Howard, Stewart, Hartzfeld, Forest, Odell and floor meeting confessions

We come from Saga’s Saturday night London Broil, smuggled beer and wine, and late night Chinese at Hung Far Low

We are the reflection pond, the giraffe like Doug Firs, and the first snowfall

We come from the time before cell phones and texting

We are the friendships formed in Afghanistan, Australia, Columbia, France, the Southwest and Washington, D.C.

We come from the Sawdust Festival, Outdoor School, and Spring Fling

We are the music of James Taylor, Carole King, the Doors, Carly Simon, the Beatles, and Kris Kristofferson

We come from M*A*S*H, Five Easy Pieces, Love Story, America Graffiti, and Blazing Saddles

We are the doughnuts from Roses and a Parlour’s Tin Roof from Farrells

We come from the lessons of Anderson, Savage, McKenzie,Vance, Hartness, Wolfe, Malcolm, Faw, and Richardson

We are the ones embracing Earth Day, global understandings, and peaceful demonstrations

We come from 8 AM classes, student teaching, gas lines, and careers launched

We are 45 years strong, lifelong friends and love

Here’s to us.

©jone rush macculloch

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12 Responses to Poetry Friday: Class of 1974

  1. Beautiful tribute poem you wove for your reunion–you’re an empowered group together!

  2. Such a beautiful tribute to the friendships founded so long ago that still stand strong to this day.

  3. haitiruth says:

    How wonderful! I just had my college reunion too, and I’m basking in the glow of it still. Ruth,thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown.blogspot.com

  4. cvarsalona says:

    Jone, this is a great way to celebrate by remembering the good old days before cell phones and texting, during the Age of Aquarius when music and embracing the Earth were in vogue. You even through in the gas line days.

  5. Kay Mcgriff says:

    What a fabulous celebration of your class. Enjoy your reunion.

  6. Michelle Heidenrich Barnes says:

    Such a beautiful (and PERFECT) toast to a shared time and community—no doubt it was appreciated by all. Hope your reunion dinner was fun!

  7. What a great idea, Jone! So many wonderful memories rolled up into one celebratory poem!

  8. cweichel says:

    What a brilliant toast! I envy you your connection. My graduating class dispersed after one reunion.

  9. maryleehahn says:

    WOW! You sure did forge some friendships that have stood the test of time! I’ve stayed in touch with only ONE person from my undergraduate years! Great poem to celebrate where you’re all from!

  10. i feel their love for you & your celebration of them in this friendship story in poem form Jone! It’s perfect, not even knowing all the references, I get it. I am so glad you shared. And, great photo!

  11. We are friendship. Lovely lovely, Jone! Of course you wrote a poem! What a treasure for everyone. And for us! Thank you!

  12. margaretsmn says:

    What a great looking bunch of smart people. I’m sure everyone embraced your poem that defines the group.

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