This entry is part 40 of 73 in the series Morning Porch Poems: Winter 2011-12


Some children are pounding leaves
on the stones— slippery
leaves of the hibiscus, a stray

petal streaked with coral. A little
scatter of detergent and water, a bent
piece of wire— and late afternoon

light floods through a prism
of bubbles. The blur in the road
is the dust raised by feet rushing

then jumping into packing boxes.
World of makeshift joys: thunk
of a fruit stone meeting its sling-

shot target, and from an upstairs
window, the ice cream bell sound
of a typewriter carriage return.


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