Friday, May 01, 2015

Washington D,C,

‘n th’courtyard ‘f th’holocaust 
museum, th’heat – ‘cross town, he
talks ‘bout th’fine people
(10-17)



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crossing th’potomac
‘n th’june rain she turns off th’radio,
‘lectric car just hums
(2-18)



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heading out t’watch th’nats
might drink ‘n’ skip work on monday,
gov’rnmnent’ll keep running
(2-18)








stuck, m ‘n’ wisconsin
as georgetown gets steamier,
comes t’miss th’swimming hole
(12-17)







only seven, and sweat
soaks his collar - he mentions
his high plains district
(11-13)







curses ‘n th’steamy night
th’inspector shook down th’poor hack
‘n th’union station queue
(3-17)







constitution ave
they went for ice cream, but th’kid
spilled’t on einstein’s lap
(2-18)








th’ranchers ‘n his district
wouldn’t know th’k street pressure –
he sweats in th’air con
(3-17)







bluegrass harm’nies cut
th’warm rain, foggy bottom porch –
opp’site ‘f politics
(7-15)







early morn, th’sharp heat
he’d like th’feel ‘f georgetown better
‘he could stay inside
(1-17)






union station hack,
shaken down by th'inspector,
curses labor day
(11-14)






down from the blue ridge,
finds her in georgetown cafe -
dead leaves in his hair
(11-13)








near m ‘n’ wisconsin,
come from th’blue ridge, leaves from ‘s cuffs
fall on th’café floor
(4-17)








redskin capped clerk’s scowl –
hiker uses th’bathroom, fills
his water from th’fountain
(2-16)





redskin hat’s askew,
clerk’s disdain for lack ‘f manners –
east coast irony
(10-16)







foggy bottom porch –
bluegrass back-beat, th’stand-up bass,
forget th’election
(3-17)







fresh suit, and he wants
the restaurant's best pumpkin pie -
k street urgency
(11-13)








skins game in th’background,
clink ‘f glasses, ‘n’ ev’ry debate
‘s some kind ‘f politics
(10-17)







clerk with th’redskin hat
mad ‘t th’hiker f’r using th’restroom,
wants him t’buy something
(11-17)







fash’nable georgetown
breakfast place, even th’waiter
wearing th’nixon mask
(10-16)









sports bar on u street
passionate ‘bout politics,
they aren’t watching th’skins
(6-15)



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k street lobbyist –
pressure ‘n’ th’beer change th’fellow’s mind,
redskins get th’fumble
(12-17)







"team's a steroid bath,
street thugs, white coach, ain't nothin'
red-skinned about it"
(11-13)






lincoln’s ‘bout a mile
from th’foggy bottom station
not too cold a walk
(1-17)






his breath curls slowly,
in th’cold he squints t’recognize
th’names on th’marble wall
(10-17)






first snows in georgetown
helps, he says, ‘gainst th’east coast stress
jagger’s plaintive tones
(10-16)





the names on the wall,
each connected to a life -
he watches his breath
(11-14)








cabbie in th’district
even ‘n winter, judges th’fares
by th’danger ‘f th’locale
(11-16)







some pow’rful bluegrass,
egg nog, ‘n’ k street politics –
an odd comb’nation
(1-17)







skillful crowd handling -
he recalls th'day 'f nixon's
inauguration
(11-10)







friends’re boycotting th’speech,
she’ll take th’metro down t’ th’city,
t’protest th’state ‘f th’union
(1-18)








frigid dawn – th’district
police’ve made th’schoolbuses touch,
have t’keep th’people out
(3-18)






election went bad –
now it’s cold, ‘n’ he’s on th’ellipse
yelling into th’crowd
(1-17)







'ye shall know the truth' -
beltway blizzard, trucker's brakes -
th'truth shall set you free
(11-13)







lincoln memorial
watching his breath, he touches
th’words carved into th’stone
(3-17)







snow and bitter cold -
he blows in his hands, outside
th'lincoln memorial
(11-14)







brought tractors down to
protest farm bills - dug us out
of a huge blizzard
(11-10)








ice ‘t th’reflecting pool
th’confused australian tourist,
too, walks across it
(1-18)








beltway ramp dharma
wafting smell of impairment,
a cold, hard march rain
(11-13)






kalorama heights
finds th’mansions’ gardens stunning,
but seeks th’redbuds ‘n th’park
(3-17)








redbuds ‘f cathedral
avenue – out kalorama, tries t’find
th’seren’ty sculpture
(12-17)








tidal basin pinks
on stately monument grays -
history unfolds
(1-13)








‘tween th’cherry blossoms
‘n’ th’monuments, stops a while
‘t th’holocaust itself
(1-16)







from th’cherry fest, stops
‘t th’holocaust memorial
that upsets his day
(3-17)







blossoms ring c street,
he says he know her – she says
might be possible
(10-15)









great aunt died ‘t h’rosh’ma –
prefers th’café ‘t th’holocaust
to th’cherry blossoms
(10-15)







out on wallenberg,
th’spring breeze – she tells of th’horror,
th’demons ‘f th’common man
(10-15)







quarter ‘n th’potomac,
spring forward ‘n’ th’morning rush hour,
wishes just t’move on
(11-17)







samurai display -
with cherries, celebration
'f our relationship
(1-13)

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