Little Marcie Greenberg, a nice little girl from Queens
Her hometown didn’t have enough for her big city dreams
She hopped into a flowered van that said ‘Death before disco!’
With a group of hippies headed west to San Francisco
And in a psychedelic trip she swore she wasn’t dreaming
When a small fish came to her to tell her of life’s meaning
He said “The prophets of the day will make you see the light
Thou shall rock n’ roll all day and party every night!”
Then the fish puckered his mouth and gestured with his flipper
Which I guess meant ‘lose the Marcia, Moonshine is much hipper!’
She kept up with her family though I guess it’s kind of crummy
That she checked in to tell them only where to wire money
She swore it was for food and clothes but we know that instead
It all went to pot, acid, shrooms and tickets for the Dead
But then one day while tripping she saw friends eating a pizza
She swore the very head torn off of dear Jerry Garcia
They thought maybe some pot would make her feel more in control
Convinced was she it was her holy fish ground in the bowl
So as not to call in pigs and make an ugly scene
They put her on a train they hoped vaguely headed for Queens
She clawed and punched and kicked and spoke profanities all night
But when she sun fin’lly arose she knew she’d be alright
And so she did return back home and everything was fine
She rarely talks about the time she was known as Moonshine
And you would barely recognize her from her crazy days
Cause now she works in Jersey as a high end CPA.
56 thoughts on “Moonshine Greenberg and The Bad Acid Trip”
I feel like you know this girl quite well?
Your rhythm seems better with every new poem, I like the interesting usage of fin’lly a lot!
Thanks! It’s great to hear from the poets who are noticing the improvement in my rhythm because I’ve really been working hard. Use of commas and poetic abbreviations are all part of it.
you know how to rhythm stories….:)
It is mostly my goal, thank you!
and you are best soccer player that way…:))
The van reminds me of the Mystery van from Scooby Do! It is amazing the path we take and where we end up. I had a friend who I thought was going no where and now he’s a county judge.
Yes, The Mystery Van could easily substitute…and as for the county judge…now that’s trippy!!
Why do I have early 70s music in the background of my mind?
I have absolutely no idea!
Yes for sure those folks are out there 🙂
I know so many!!
I hope you enjoyed the trip, Moonshine.
Yes, all until that last unfortunate one….wait a minute!!
Well there’s a thing young Marissa I had a van just like that save that snakes were painted about the headlights; a dragon on one side and Cruella De Vil about the other! Could never understand why the police kept stopping me really – I have the photo somewhere! As ever super verse.
Cruella De Vill? Seriously? I would have to challenge you to come up with that photo!
I assure you it exists – just got to find the box all our albums are in and scan it. I am a dubious youth in said picture along with dubious chums. The van was painted using emulsion believe it or not by a chubby little gal I quite fancied although she fell for another – the bitch!
She was undoubtedly gay!
I feel sure we could have found some common ground
Moonshine still lives on! Are you sure this isn’t your autobiography? Jersey’s got more rhyme to it than Burbank? 😉
It’s pretty close except I don’t think I’m quite that straight laced. The Jersey thing was just because it seems like those who grew up in the boroughs and stay on the East Coast end up migrating to Manhattan or the cooler parts of Brooklyn (yay!) or to Jersey (mwat, mwat!)
It must be a New York thing. I have been to New Jersey to attend a wedding. It didn’t seem that bad.
You are an absolute genius with words, Marissa. Your last line made me laugh so loud! I do not know where you get your ideas from or how you write the way you do, but you are really good! Another masterpiece I just read! Thank you. Love, Amy
Thanks Amy! Most of my ideas come from real life. You don’t know how many I’ve met like this. Could be me except I never did quite get that gig as a CPA!!
The best words are birthed from real life experience, are they not, Marissa? I know mine are. (smile)
God how I wish for those days life was so much simpler,when it was a pill that could take you away without leaving the confines of a room,and that the only thing you worried about was where the next trip was coming from, “I’m a hippy and I’m trippy and I think I’m petty stoned,what’s there to live for,you needs the peace corp Frank Zappa”
Yes, and who better understood those days than frank Zappa!!
This sounds a little autobiographical.
Everyone’s been saying that. No idea why…
Ah, what a tale! Well, with the life of a CPA stretching ahead of her, it’s probably just as well Moonshine had a bit of fun beforehand. We all know she won’t be having much fun now…
Who knows what she does after hours… Maybe she’s on to harder stuff???
LOL! I say, beware the CPA …. still waters tend to run deep 😉
I worked for a CPA once…wouldn’t put it past her!!
Ha! Joanne’s exactly right!
Of course I am 😉
Sounds like she jerry-rubin-ed.
I’d say that pretty much sums it up!
I’m thinking of a friend’s older sister who changed her name from Sylvia to Shoshone back in the sixties. At a family gathering, her elderly Italian mother introduced her as Pocahontas. LOL!
Oh goodness! How perfectly fitting!
Far out, Marissa. A trip off the old block. 😮
Not that I would know..
I’m just guessing, too.
Great poem…I was going to comment on the possible autobiographical aspect but saw others had done so…so I will only ask if you ever saw old Sally Field TV movie “I’ll Be Home in the Spring”? Before you laugh, google it–I think you can see the whole thing on youtube. It’s about this teenage girl (Sally) who runs away from her middle class family to be with her hippie boyfriend; she then runs away from him to go back home because she is tired of eating out of the garbage and bad trips. Basically, the movie is saying life sucks no matter which way you go, LOL.
That sounds awesome. No I have never seen it but I think I must!!
🙂 Shocking how some of them make it!!
And equally shocking how some that everyone expected to have a great life, took a strange turn somewhere in life 🙂
Yes, well look at the politicians!!
You are right!! 🙂
I’m going to paint my messed up van and take trip. It all turned out ok for moonshine.
I’d say, a high end CPA…why not?
Oh my now I am wondering who around me has a pot-loving past too! hehehe
Probably more than you would think! Thanks Christy!
I would think every CPA should have a moment in life like this….. right????
One can only hope!
🙂 Maybe that’s why I’m not a CPA? I missed that moment?
Bwaahaahaaa! That’s so funny! 😀