the year in poetry 2009

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5/29/09
Morning gray.
Almost june, still feels
October

6/18/09
Rainy and cool this morning
Sun peaking out and humid when I rode my bike
smells like water and grass

6/22/09
Cool and damp
puddles on the street
water drops on plants
splash me in the face on the arms
when I brush them

morning

7/13/09
Cool breeze through window
light from lamp
legs stretched out
books on the coffee table
kids yelling outside

Dreamt that it was winter
that summer was gone
already

8/18/09
Erasing boxes in the morning
a pinch in my back
rattling in the vent

9/1/09
September, tall grass, sun
riding my bike through early morning wind
contemplating a baby

9/2/09
Steps up the back porch
a white flower blossom
a neon yellow lighter
evening in the air

9/6/09
Midnight late summer moon
the slope ofyour shoulder
the curve of your hips
against the street lit blinds

9/9/09
Summer night free jazz
sky stained by ink wash clouds
in this moment I am small

10/28/09
Mist morning on bike
leaves explode, birds chirp
an empty playground

11/2/09
Winnetka

On a footbridge over train tracks
trees on either side
gray clouds
wind blowing ripples in a puddle
reflecting a fence

Evanston

A girl waving at my train
while waiting for her el
one station to another

Chicago

Walking over the bridge on Lawrence
the trees
leaves on fire – red orange yellow
explode over the river
the white pumping station
its crumbling columns and pier
stained with water and time
gray sky and clouds

11/18/09
Rain gray skies
brown leaves on pavement
muted colors
winter smells in the wind
I remember what cold hurts like

11/24/09
Morning mist and rain
damp air against my skin
the girl waiting for the bus
the man smoking his cigar
smell of wet fall and gray light
I breathe

12/30/09
she skips and dances
when she’s been drinking
points her toes
legs straight
small leaps from toe to toe

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