We love Sam Young’s line. And we love T.S. Eliot’s poem “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.” But we didn’t make the connection between the two until Sam tipped us about it:
“When I read the poem, I felt as if the line ‘sheathe of streetlamp light’ had been custom-written just for me. That being said, I mistakenly submitted it as my second choice (‘of their hometown’ was my official first). Thankfully, things have a way of working out and, while I do love my own hometown, this was the line I truly desired.
I have no epic tale to share with you. Only that for some reason the line reminds me of a night when I was in middle school and my dad was driving me out to a new friend’s house for the first time. It was dark and the rain was outrageous. I remember it being a tense situation, involving slips in the mud and being late for work. Thankfully, a streetlamp light saved the day (night).
I also think it’s a nice kneel to T.S Eliot’s poem ‘The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock’—‘But in the lamplight, downed with light brown hair!’—which I have tattooed on my back.”