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spacer.gif   2005 CHICAGO POETRY FEST: JIM COPPOC
Posted by : cj on Thursday, July 28, 2005 - 05:29 PM
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Swish Click the Rope on a Hot July
a Crippled Boy Watches from the Stoop

Two thighs burned by pavement
air so moist so thick so laden,
radio buzzes, DJ buzzes thicker
conjectures how hot the shade

the stoop the walk the rope
swish click on the concrete
and everywhere pushes hard
yellow edge of adamant sun

swish click the rope, the laughter
singing jumping blues, the cadence
of city streets at midday, tripping
light anthem of unaffected youth

the ice cream man he brings me treats
how many ice creams can you eat?

one…
[swish click the rope]
two…
[swish click the rope]
three…
[swish click the rope]
four…
[swish, crack…
the cadence ended]

Here the day is shattered, the perfect
nonchalance broken, here a candy girl
feels the bite of the rope on her ankle
here the sweat blisters her forehead

but the game renews like winding
a Victrola and the rope now heavy
with disappointment seems to leaven
at each rhythmic circuit, seems to leap

each moment higher in syncopated
perfection and the hard-edged yellow
sun is now punctuated by the careless
cumulus driftwood of summer clouds

and the radio still buzzes, and the DJ
still thicker, conjecturing this time
that tonight the rain we have all
been waiting for will finally appear.


 
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