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The Street That Doesn't Need Realtors
Shoshauna Shy

stretches one block
and ends at a park
High school grads leave
for distant adventures
then return when they've become
moms and dads
Emails spin out
to take Betty Crocker orders
before runs are made
to Ken Kopp's
A newsletter tells
whose strawberries are ripe
and asks who wants to split
an order of birch trees
Every fifth June
a party is held
for anybody who ever
lived on this street
and librarians from lush
Colorado valleys
and investment bankers
who roam oceans in yachts
return to reminisce
about smoking Marlboros
and playing Spin-the-Bottle
with the Flossy twins
When lilacs bloom
tables show up on porches
ironing boards are propped
in the thumbprint front yards
and barbecue suppers
get grilled at the curb
You should see all the sofas
out there

This poem first appeared in the Dudgeon-Monroe Neighborhood Association Directory (2001-2003).
Used here with the author's permission.


Shoshauna Shy began writing at the age of eight, was recruited by a muse in her early 40s and, since then, has since published five poetry collections and a wealth of award-winning fiction and nonfiction. Her poetry has been studied in classrooms, recited in church sermons, translated into Chinese, discussed by book clubs, made into videos, and produced inside taxi cabs and on the backside of city buses. Not a monogamous writer, Shoshauna works on as many as 7-11 projects at a time. The founder of Poetry Jumps Off the Shelf, she lives in Madison, Wisconsin.



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those were the days...
Posted 06/05/2015 07:25 AM
sounds like my home. too. thanks
Posted 06/05/2015 07:23 AM
Has a nic slow-paced, dreamy quality. A very pleasant read on a sleepless night.
Posted 06/05/2015 03:36 AM

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