Summer Sidewalks

Written for:  dVerse Poets Pub – Haibun Monday #17
Write about summer heat

Cement sidewalks appear
a rippling oasis. Trash cans
standing outside shops
for pickup, smell a combination
of rotten eggs and dead fish.
It is not Friday, so he cannot lose
the tie. Too casual for Wall Street’s
crowd. In his neighborhood, children
race in and out of open fire hydrants.
He mops his forehead, longing
for September.

business people gripe
sidewalks are scorched with heat
offices are air-cooled

Haibun Monday #17

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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8 Responses to Summer Sidewalks

  1. sMiLes.. amazing the
    prison at least some humans
    have put themselves in on
    straight lined sidewalks
    that only lead
    to repetitive
    stress injuries
    by walking one
    way.. as a species
    evolved to forage in
    360 degrees of
    the entire
    and not just one
    with blinders on straight
    ahead.. anyway.. life curveS..
    yes.. liFe thRows curve bALLs..
    and sAdly people
    to bend..
    oh.. the bending..
    oh.. the beauty.. of sidewalks
    broken into fields as meadows
    that no knOW borders of liFE iN noW..

    Sidewalks pLay
    a curse
    of hop
    death in
    moVinG.. ConnEcTinG
    CreAtinG more than noW beFore
    neatLY cuRbed iNside boX roadS liFe..:)

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  2. kanzensakura says:

    Love your descriptions of heat in this and how everyone is touched by it. Excellent senryu at the end.

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  3. A very clear image of hell’s kitchen type of environment. Great haiku!

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  4. Bodhirose says:

    The pavement of downtown just increases the heat and it’s miserable to have to wear too many clothes…excellent descriptions! For us in Florida, we’ll have to wait way past September for any relief.

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  5. ihatepoetry says:

    Yes, thank goodness for the A/C.

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  6. business people gripe
    sidewalks are scorched with heat

    One can well understand the inconvenience experienced by those outdoors. They are invariably their own bosses. So it should be ok!



  7. Misky says:

    Ah, yes, those refreshing fire hydrants!

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  8. Grace says:

    As long as I am inside with an AC, I can tolerate summer. Thanks for joining us Sara.

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