Thursday, July 14, 2005


morning sun lifts fog
from heart of state college - wall,
coffee, sticky bun

cross this picket line
work summer in mills, escape
east pittsburgh alive

lancaster postcard -
garden with order and grace,
not a weed in sight

riding down th’incline,

lush woods, view ‘f th’city – grandpa,

though, remembers th’mines

fires of centralia,
b’neath these hills, they’ve burned f’r years –
thou shalt not camp here

turnpike summer dreams
back of a station wagon
lights up in tunnel

old a-t hiker,

'round labor day, done in by

p-a's rocky trail

mouth ‘f th’fort pitt tubes,

rake, top down, points t’ th’ bridge t’nowhere –

went over it ‘n’ lived

road to east stroudsburg,
what you get, hitching two-lanes -
harvest moon, crickets

deer racks, p-a tags -
antlers point all directions,
except back to woods

th’skyline twinkles, th’rivers glide –


walks right through frick park,
from squirrel hill to cathedral
each day, all winter

truckbed 'f christmas trees

sold, he's gathered up supplies -

long ride up t'bethl'hem

johnstown water mark -
even in january,
a chill in her spine

bitter erie wind,
you come up from the city,
knocks you on the ice

bethlehem cabbie
delivered a baby last night -
now door's frozen shut

germantown store clerk

tells of war days - bitter winds

and spies at the door

pittsburgh's krishna house,
hot bowl of rice in cold hands,
saffron robes on ice

warm van, raging squall
south at erie, or westbound
out o'er frigid plain?

slush and months ‘f bleak skies –

you’d think they’d be down, but no,

they’ve yarned th’warholbridge

plays the poconos,
stirs passions 'til dawn, drives home
on glazed mountain curves

northern blizzard wind
blows off lake into erie -
southbound ramp looks best

spring on the schuykill -
bartram's flowers greet river
and its history

back ‘n hershey f’r th’wedding,

he remembers too much – th’prom,

his date, and th’kisses

in turnpike tunnels,
wipers' pointless beat awaits
april rain's return

falling water dream -
june weekends carried away
by river catfish


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