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Hug #42

May 22, 2011

Hug #42
Humbolt Park
Tuesday, May 17 6:30-7:30 pm

Yellow with a dash of blue and green
On a day that can’t decide if it’s winter or spring
The park unfolds before us
Pulsing with life
and activity
We hover near the ‘lagoon’ where
Canadian geese squawk
and fish are too small to take home
We become part of the ecosystem

A red-winged blackbird interrogates us:
It flies off, returns, flies off, returns

I get wrapped up in the excitement of a soccer game
Between two teams of tiny players
Every two minutes one falls down and starts to cry
On the sidelines one boy tackles another
They roll and wrestle in the grass
And wear field markers as hats

A symphony of dogs
walking their owners
Why keep them on leashes?
Its the one part of their day when they can run free,
Liberated from the confines of their apartments,
Communing with grass and dirt and water
Two bloodhounds so saggy their folds brush the ground
I would steal you away

Our hug is quiet,
Making itself at home
In this peaceful green haven among chaos

Hug #42 May 15 Humbolt Park

Hug #42 May 15 Humbolt Park

One Comment leave one →
  1. Rustel permalink
    May 28, 2011 3:17 pm

    This describes the environment so well it’s like I’m there. How does embracing someone else while studying the park affect your perception of it? It has to be so different than walking through the park alone on a blustery day…

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