Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Rhode Island

sailed from block island,
has no time f’r any ‘f th’rest, like
prudence and patience
(11-16)





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day like this, she came –
d’cided t’move when she saw th’sails
‘n naragansett bay
(11-17)








sea breeze – local kid
shows his fav’rite getaway,
purgatory chasm
 (2-17)





heard ‘f prudence ‘n’ patience
th’sailor only knows th’islands
where money’s t’be made
(10-17)





block island sailboat
tacks in th’breeze – course, never had t’
worry ‘bout money
(3-16)






benefit kitchen –
scrubs th’pot, ‘n’ imagines th’sea breeze
someone’s enjoying
(10-17)





hot sand, gentle tide,
gulls’ slow arc – up burma road,
th’naval base traffic
(2-17)





narrow, twisted streets,
firecracker smell - he loses
naragansett breeze
(1-13)







mansion in th’green woods
somehow she’s scared of th’back yard,
hundred acre pond
(3-17)





matunuck beach sky –
‘fraid t’camp on hazard island,
could just wash out t’sea
(3-17)






ninety five exit
pebbles kicked into high weeds -
signs for providence
(1-12)








bridge ‘n east providence
th’summer sun sets, th’driver points
‘t gingerbread island
(11-16)






big house, wife and kids,
riding mower, restless heart
outside providence
(9-05)








moonstone beach lass’ tale –
hot sand, clear water, granite
th’opposite ‘f brown law school
(5-15)









started up ‘t brown law
t’family, friends, ‘n’ love int’rests,
says she’s too busy
(10-17)








th’frantic pace, stressful
new classes, she escapes, for
th’gentle fog on one
(5-15)








autumn fog on one
she lives ‘n th’world ‘f reason ‘n’ law, but
th’heart wants what it wants
(1-17)






limits ‘f reason ‘n’ law,
boundlessness ‘f love ‘n’ choice – first leaves
‘f th’trains ‘n providence yards
(5-15)






 

she’s gone back t’law school
he’ll go ninety-five t’eighty,
from downtown prov’dence
(7-16)





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mem’ries ‘f moonstone beach
she turns on th’bedside lamp, ‘n’ tries
t’read ‘bout corp’rate law
(11-17)






cranston trucker’s tale –
hauled ten days straight t’get th’tickets
for th’patriots game
(11-17)









trains ‘n providence yards –
knows th’winds’re from th’north, but can’t ask
when th’southbound trains’ll start
(11-17)






from riverbank, leaf
goes to town with no regard -
woonasquatucket
(1-13)







naragansett bar
patrons want sox game, in spite
of irrelevance
(10-08)








hopeless sox ‘n th’telly,
bartender’s worldly, f’r one who’s
never left prov’dence
(10-16)








these harvests of corn
fed villages like this one
called quonochontaug
(10-08)






ambulance ‘t rush hour,
nerves frayed, red lights’re blinking -
autumn fog ‘n th’seekonk
(11-16)






ocean breeze, hist’ry,
politics – at touro street,
they hear the shofar
(6-15)







crossing the seekonk -
souls' day blizzard's slowed southbound
traffic to a crawl
(11-14)




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snow ‘t th’college street bridge
knows she’s th’world class artist, but
she’d never leave town
(11-17)






head'n for miami,
christmas in bahamas, but
stuck in pawtucket
(1-12)








a glass of champagne
to future in providence -
mistletoe's fragrance
(1-12)





egg nog ‘n’ th’urbanist –
providence café hears ‘bout
th’boswash corridor
(7-17)






th’star buys on watch hill,
th’papparazzi converge –
how cold can it get?
(3-16)






watch hill papp’razzi –
they’ll freeze ‘n th’van ‘f they have to,
just t’get a good shot
(1-17)




rizdee (r.i.s.d.) coffee cures
frostbite - artistic flourish
graces tart's icing
(1-07)







blizzard ‘n benefit
th’patrons discuss art ‘n’ design,
he hopes t’wash dishes
(11-16)





rush hour, providence
long run down th’coast, but th’world stops
‘bove th’icy seekonk
(9-17)





prudence and patience -
islands guarding harbor floes,
old fashioned sisters
(10-05)










bowl of 'be mine' hearts -
trapped at desk, longs for escape
naragansett view
(1-13)







mount hope, providence
valentine wish - clear blue sky -
instead, cold hard rain
(1-13)






outside th’laundry, th’rain –
pawtucket lasses’ complaint,
egg hunt’s been cancelled
(10-17)






woonsocket waitress
with no love of dandelions
in wreath or as tip
(10-08)







pawtucket laundry –
th’lint drifts to th’open door, stops,
trapped by th’spring downpour
(7-16)






th’kids on touro street
ask th’four questions – he asks his
when he hears th’ships ‘t sea
(11-16)






requirements ‘f brown law
too busy t’worry about
th’ladybugs ‘n th’kitchen
(7-16)






spring on empire street
urban planner expounds on
th’boswash corridor
(5-15)





wide ‘n’ splashy, ‘n’ so pink –
just off th’road t’jerusalem,
th’beach plum blossom
(3-17)






sees th’beach plum blossom,
tells ‘bout th’wild sands ‘n’ th’distant past,
‘n th’road t’jerusalem
(11-17)







newport sailor's tale -
thrill, danger, wind, then the cup -
he pays for th' guinness
(1-14)

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