Monday, March 26, 2007

POOLSIDE by ED GALING


POOLSIDE

*summer in the city in the Lower East Side of New York in the 1920's.


you
who bask
in the warmth



of maimi beach....

swim in gilded
pools
and have someone
bring you the
snacks at poolside--

remember us
those who lived
on the lower east side
and opened up
fire plugs in one
hundred degree weather
screaming as we doused
ourselves with the
flood, until the cops
came to chase us away
and closed the fireplugs,

no one to cool us off
the way you are
no one to bring us mint
juleps, and sit poolside...
I can still feel the heat,
still remember how the
fireplug waters almost
washed me away.


2 comments:

Laurel Johnson said...

Loved Ed's poem, "Poolside." One of his greatest strengths is taking readers to another place and time and helping us see those sights clearly.

Outsider said...

I can almost see the children in this scene that Ed tells so well.

Thanks for sharing it.