Sunday, May 03, 2015

Wisconsin

past mad’son, opens up –
summer’s short, no point driving
any less than eighty
(3-16)







two lane t’stevens point
got so little good weather,
have t’go ‘t least eighty
(3-17)







beaches ‘f door county
wanted t’leave their stress in th’loop,
it followed them here
(2-17)




wore th’red badger tie
for th’swearing in ceremony
she made him th’nice cake
(2-16)







state street panhandler
locusts and dogma, glow of
well-lit capitol
(1-10)






knows th’soc’list labor
from th’soc’list workers – but sleeps
‘n th’grass, off state ‘n’ th’cap’tol
(2-16)





cheapest ‘n’ the meanest,
says th’milwaukee yard worker,
and th’slowest to pay
(2-16)





home run lifts humid
night curtain; fan throws popcorn -
brewers win 4-3
(1-10)






boxcar full ‘f timbers
he hopes th’rails’ll hold ‘em steady
least through milwaukee
(8-16)








lake monona tale –
likes t’ride th’bike here weekends, not
worried ‘bout th’car doors
(11-16)










truck stop parking lot
oil spill rainbow reflection
eau claire august dream
(10-01)






polka hall band's stalled
accordion player's still
in dane beer garden
(8-05)







madison milkman's sure -
this night, back in sev'nty, those boys
blew up th'math building
(12-14)








baraboo diner
busboy stacks plates at halftime
proud to be cheesehead
(1-10)






madison cyclist –
changing trees th’background, tries t’see
th’car doors opening
(6-15)






west coast t’kentucky,
stops t’camp in th’glade ‘f all colors
black river forest
(4-16)









leaves changing ‘n plattesville,
th’vet’s bitter – nam ‘bout killed him,
‘n’ no one seemed to care
(11-16)






roadside stand, deep sky -
homemade sign on balanced pile
of packer pumpkins
(9-05)











rosy cheeks, th’wholesome
country lifestyle – like t’buy all
‘f her packer pumpkins
(12-16)










maple leaf parade
all year she walks a straight line,
now she’s got an edge
(8-15)







lacrosse streets‘re littered
oktoberfest styrofoam
‘n’ th’logos make her sick
(8-15)








on vine street th’police
use their tools ‘f persuasion
her rage froths and spills
(8-15)









christ graces the walls -
spirit of vict'ry in toast,
packers pound the bears
(1-13)









centered on lambeau,
all that matters is sunday,
'n' th'likelihood 'f winning
(11-14)








loaf of bread, some wine
sheltered from season's first snow
french isle underpass
(1-10)





light snow near mad’son
th’old guy notes th’hiker’s freedom,
especially from th’law
(4-16)










dane exit, back in th’snow
th’guy says, mounties’re worse – his sons
blew up th’math building
(4-16)









lambeau's seats, frozen -
she becomes jealous 'f players,
at least they can move
(11-14)




frozen seats ‘f lambeau
husband eats enough t’stay warm,
she’s still cold, ev’n now
(2-17)





finds th’seed ‘n his pocket,
winter day in th’lacrosse jail
teach th’kid a lesson
(10-16)





new glarus dance starts
early - snow, watch remind folks
of the old country
(1-10)





west t'th'river at yule
tells ‘bout th’wonders ‘f th’house on th’rock
he’d trade f’r a place t’stay
(1-17)






year's final complaint -
new glarus polka band starts
a few minutes late
(12-13)





manitowoc lads –
new year, drugs ‘n th’car – their mistake,
fell asleep downtown
(2-16)




whitefish bay champagne
romances dinner - outside,
wind comes in off lake
(10-01)






new glarus polka –
surprised they could have so much fun i
n th’bitter ice storm
(11-16)








milwaukee lakeshore,
ice shines on deep blue water -
behind it, traffic
(8-05)









bitter m'waukee wind -
driftwood, bottles strewn about,
ice hardened by grit
(10-01)









two-mile blizzard trek
fingers frozen to gas can
then, moose junction sign
(10-01)









oconomowoc,
dark beer, glare of icy streets -
they know him too well
(12-13)











m'waukee road boxcar,
pewaukee spring breeze through doors -
fisherman, too, waits
(12-13)







spring at th’covered bridge –
wisconsin lass says they’re there
‘cause th’cows aren’t too bright
(2-17)







grant park day lilies
th’bum tells th’lass, there’s still beauty
even ‘n south m’waukee
(2-17)







docks ‘t manitowoc,
ludington looks good, ‘cross th’lake,
but th’spring rains’ll hit both
(11-16)




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th’badger ferry’s stalled
in th’spring downpour – ‘fraid he’ll miss
th’lass on th’mich’gan side
(3-17)

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