Source of the Nile

Yellow house black shutters brick sidewalk
Trunks evenly spaced
Wide lawn too soon to rake
Dusky moths on the screen door
Graph paper antennas
Cicadas warping and wefting the night in a girdle of frequencies
Radio stations clear from Chicago
Vanilla ice milk from the IGA.

The dark-eyed, dark-haired girl teacher's pet
An early star does not predict
You can't hear the teens whooping in there Chevies cruising Main past the funeral home in the painting


© 2013 Nancy L. Ruder

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