Northside Drive

Statue of Liberty 1931
Statue of Liberty 1931

 

We had stopped at the light.

I saw the tiny figure

standing on top of the partly

finished new stadium.

Hands on hips, the sky blue,

clouds behind him he

stood right on the edge. If

I’d had a camera, I would

have taken his picture, but I

didn’t.  The light changed and

we drove on.

The Dentist

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Dental hygiene Photograph Hulton Archive

Dental appointment

over. Teeth cleaned.

We stop for lunch

downstairs. They have

us try the soups for

the day – lentil & hot and

spicey chicken. We get lentil.

Eating outside, I see

a spider web strung between

tree trunks. A tiny

spider, a leaf caught.

Hummingbird

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Laundromat Hummingbird collage

Flying so fast his

wings blur, the humingbird

darts from flower to

flower. By the time

I get my camera, he’s

gone.

 

The hummingbird flew

up close to the ceiling,

near the big vent pipes

against the laundromat

ceiling. She took off her

shoe, climbing on the table

trying to hit him. Her friends

laugh. I leave.

Silent.

 

Summer Job 1966

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Lewis Hine, Lunch Time, New York, 1910

 

Sometimes we skipped lunch,

working right through to leave early.

Other days we sat out on

the fire escape eating

cheese sandwiches

or fried chicken livers from

home, the brown paper bags

greasy or damp from pickles.

Afterwards we sang all the

verses of “La Bamba” and practiced

smoking.

Pottery Mask

cards sent 8_30_2016It was hot in the old gym.

Three fans kept the temperature

bearable as we walked

slowly down the aisles looking

for differences in the pieces. I

recognized some techniques now,

but so many pieces blended

into each other.  Naked raku

was rare. The cross hatched

shallow garlic olive oil bowl

was different. When we left the heat

had risen. There was nothing so unique

as a tulip helmet.