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Summer and Ernie Harwell May 29, 2010

Posted by aquillam in poetry, writing.
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I am teaching this term, and the planetarium has broken down, and I have very little time for this (I’m revoking my recommendation for Zeiss projectors – the star field might be beautiful, but if anything goes wrong that you can’t personally fix, it takes weeks to get a solution from Zeiss.) It may be a little while before I post anything more about telescopes, or much of anything else.

In the meantime however, I have a poem I’ve been working on for a couple weeks, and I thought it was time to toss it out and make if fend for itself.

Summer break

Saturday afternoon
Croquet on the front lawn
In the shade of trees
older than anyone here

Children with purple hands
climb apple trees
The smell of raspberry pie
Mingles with fresh cut grass

Women sit on the porch
Stitching flowers on canvas
Cat-calling the croquet players
Egging on the competition

Men sit in lawn chairs
Gathered around the pickup truck
Listening to the ballgame
Arguing game stats

The voice of Ernie Harwell
Drifts across the lawn
from 200 miles away
And we imagine for a minute
The peanut vendors
Are just behind the corn
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