Bridge Over Troubled Water
by Nina Bennett

I was just seventeen, 1970, an unsettled year.
While I pose for a yearbook head shot, reports
of My Lai explode, five of the Chicago Seven
are convicted. Paul McCartney reveals the breakup
of the Beatles, Nixon announces invasion of Cambodia.
Kent State massacre leaves four dead the day we
rehearse for commencement. In between antiwar protests
and battles of the bands at the fire hall, I manage
to graduate from high school. Jimi Hendrix hurls
guitar riffs across the Isle of Wight in August, dies
in September as I watch Five Easy Pieces for the third time.
Two weeks later Janis overdoses. By December,
when the first tenants move into the World Trade Center’s
North Tower, I have turned eighteen.

AUTHOR’S PHOTO CAPTION: Me, high school graduation, 1970, prior to donning cap and gown

NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR: The events of 1970, my 17th year, shaped me in ways still relevant today. It was interesting to explore the critical juxtaposition of life-changing events and ordinary ones, endings and beginnings. “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” released in 1970, was Simon & Garfunkel’s final studio album. The title track won five Grammy Awards, while the complete record won Album of the Year.


Delaware native Nina Bennett is the author of Sound Effects (2013, Broadkill Press Key Poetry Series). Her poetry has been nominated for the Best of the Net, and has appeared or is forthcoming in publications that include Gargoyle, I-70 Review, Reunion: The Dallas Review, Bryant Literary Review, Yale Journal for Humanities in Medicine, Philadelphia Stories, and The Broadkill Review. Awards include 2014 Northern Liberties Review Poetry Prize, and second-place in poetry book category from the Delaware Press Association (2014). Nina is a founding member of the TransCanal Writers (Five Bridges, A Literary Anthology).