Saturday, May 30, 2015

Massachusetts

near th’sox game, make peace
with th’traffic madness – same laws,
different culture
(3-16)




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logan tarmac tale –
visa took seventeen years,
but made it for th’fourth
(8-17)






back roads t’ th’ peace p’goda,
th’green Berkshire woods – th’kids feel ‘t home,
though they’ve never been
(3-16)








stop and go traffic -
storrow drivers' distractions,
sunbathers on charles
(2-10)







backup, storrow drive
some guy was lookin’ too close
‘t th’sunbathers on th’charles
(10-15)







cape sand in his pack -
ten rides 'n' a hike t'get out here,
much easier t'get back
(12-14)






two kids 'n th'laundromat -
guess wellfleet's got noth'n for 'em,
their laughter fills th'night
(12-14)







wellfleet laundromat –
barefoot kids find joy ‘n th’refuge.
outside, rains ‘til dawn
(10-16)








august gale on th’cape
th’road, and th’dunes alongside it,
completely swallowed
(10-16)







long pond fishermen,
surprised by th’august downpour –
weekend in their trucks
(10-16)








blue line to revere
th’ocean, th’boardwalk, th’strong feeling
everyone’s related
(6-16)


 



was hustling th’commons,
but needed th’break, fell asleep
‘t th’puritans’ gravestones
(1-17)







waiting for the ship -
these minutes, says th'girl, th'best in
th'whole vineyard summer
(1-15)







warm night, socks ‘n’ sandals,
chess program beats you, ten moves –
café, central square
(2-16)





drives around cambridge,
controls th’car, hidden in th’trunk –
‘t lights, opens th’windows
(2-16)





th’question of racism –
surprised at what th’fans might do
down ‘long yawkey way
(9-17)






midnight ‘n east sandwich
they notice th’open windows,
‘n’ try t’imagine th’life
(8-17)





on harvard line man
wears sandals, leisure suit, gets
off at central square
(7-05)





red line eccentric –
wrote twelve books, wears sock 'n' sandals,
gets off ‘t central square
(2-17)




august ‘n provincetown,
th’lass blows glass, sells her mobiles –
she, too, loves th’sea breeze
(2-17)








through hiker ‘n th’berkshires
even th’trails have th’sense ‘f order,
‘n’ th’leaves are starting t’turn
(9-17)









at harvard, th'students
so frugal 'n' clever, th'autumn
night, beating th'pinball
(12-14)








gravestones 'f th'puritans
acorns 'n his knees, he stops t'read'm
on his way t'th'commons
(12-14)








in th’berkshires, fin’ly –
even with th’fallen leaves, th’noise
‘s gentler on th’spirit
(10-15)






holds th’berkshire acorns
tight ‘n his pocket – promises
not t’drop’m in th’city
(10-16)





killed women and kids
in 'nam, so comm ave peaceniks
could wear nixon masks
(9-05)





 

killed women ‘n’ kids ‘n’ ‘nam,
has t’tell someone – picks th’drunk kids
comm ave, halloween
(10-16)







northampton costume,
gender-free superhero –
maybe not a costume
(7-17)






protesting agnew,
thousands line boylston and charles
streetlights kind’f pointless
(10-16)







old bak'ry's nutmeg -
wild-eyed woman, glad it's not
the salem of yore
(11-13)





symph'ny road trumpets
introduce an october
of fenway's silence
(10-10)





saxes in th’brownstones –
symphony road’s a madhouse
when th’kids’re back in town
(10-16)






changing leaves below,
sounds’f kenmore square – bathed in th’lights
‘f th’flashing citgo sign
(3-17)









old whalers' stories
served up in new bedford bar -
dead leaves, open door
(~4-10)






cradle ‘f th’rev’lution,
they say – you’d think th’mass pike boys
‘d let you drink this tea
(2-17)







jersey girl points out
th’red trolleys, names like alewife,
snowflake on her tongue
(2-17)





raging nor’easter,
nantucket lass – their turkey
without her husband
(11-15)







at sea it’s much worse,
she says – take refuge from th’snow
‘n th’whaler’s museum
(11-15)








turkey, dressing, pie,
raging snows - all th’nantucket
fam’lies have th’same pray’r
(11-15)









raging nor’easter –
nantucket family’s prayer
lasts longer’n th’turkey
(2-17)






hol’day nor’easter –
nantucket mechanic works
on th’lighthouse beacon
(8-17)







p-town curios
in dusty case - outside, sea
and snow from three sides
(2-10)









south station rehab
rent stub lost in christmas bills -
bitter wind from docks
(~4-10)






revere beach boardwalk -
cold angry sea brings new year,
plover finds th'french fry
(2-10)










myles standish rooftop,
bathed ‘n th’glow ‘f th’changing citgo sign
here’s t’another year
(6-16)






rains pound p-town,
kids spend th’entire new year's break
watching ‘back t’th’future’
(2-16)





proctor’s ledge – salem
lass says this barren hillside's
where it all happened
(1-16)






tex'n scorns th'tiny states,
icy nashua fades 'n th'mirror -
th'world'll spread out soon
(12-14)









odd light, th’snowy fields
driver wonders why th’u f o
would visit th’berkshires
(10-16)






mass pike west ‘f worcester –
morning sun, silver mirrors,
truck runs through th’blizzard
(10-15)





gloucester’s rocky coast –
even in th’blizzard, she waits,
thinking th’boat’ll come in
(10-15)








these little states gone -
icy nashua in mirror -
before you realize
(3-10)








mass pike hitchhiker -
lights on frozen fields are not
just coincidence
(7-05)








andrew square traffic,
st. pat's party somewhere, miss
kid on ninety-three
(3-10)







pulls on th’cigarette,
over garden traffic, says
how much he hates th’habs
(10-15)






curses th’habs ‘n’ th’leafs both –
thin cigar ‘n’ heavy accent,
th’garden kid’s willing t’fight
(4-17)







revere beach ocean
breeze lifts spirit like a kite
but folks never leave
(7-05)







kenmore square, march wind -
he sells his book of poetry,
she's read th'one before
(11-14)








march sleet, kenmore square
th’guy sells th’poetry book to th’lass,
she’s read th’one before
(1-17)






grim march day, logan
taken twenty years t’get here,
she’s crying tears ‘f joy
(3-16)






mass pike pace quickens
inbound drivers' urgent plans -
trees bloom in city
(2-10)







weather breaks ‘n th’city,
first frisbees, ‘n’ kids along th’charles
mind th’crazy traffic!
(1-17)








th’cars don’t respect th’lanes –
th’flowers bloom ‘n th’beacon hill sites,
‘n’ not a moment ‘f peace
(3-17)







near steep rock hill,
th’marathon runner, by chance
happens t’see th’old flame
(10-15)







spring concerts, brookline
they’ll take th’T to th’club, he’ll stay
with th’allman brothers
(2-17)





thrown off crew f'r drinking,
now he spits off th'mass ave bridge
aiming for th'cockswain
(12-14)






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th’oars splat hard on th’charles
by may even th’harvard kids
have found their refuge
(8-17)








small, purple, ancient,
she found’m ‘n th’em’rald necklace – calls ‘m
th’canada mayflow’r
(2-17)




bright logan tarmac -
beyond, blossoms of city,
here, dull empty wait
(3-10)

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