At the Vampire Weekend Concert


Tall and lean in skinny jeans

over leather desert boots,

tightly fitting printed shirt,

a blue button-up with sleeves

rolled high, brown hair styled just so.



Multicolored striped

sweater, glasses, tight black cap

pushed back on buzzed blond

head, smooth face, skinny blackĀ  jeans,

rich voice, but girlish giggle.



Angel in an unexpected venue,

blond perfection behind me for a moment,

but, like youth itself, in a flash

the apparition disappears from view.



Straw-haired kid in blazer,

like me, there on his own,

but he’s happy, singing.



Straight couple in band T-shirts;

both are short, about my height;

he’s not bad–light beard, knit cap,

small plugs in his ears, brown eyes.



Two South Asian boys:

one bubbly, knows all the words;

the other stoic.


Copyright 2013

T. Allen Culpepper