Baltimore Summer

July 18, 1991|By Cathy Drinkwater Better

a warm gust

the windowshade scrapes the sill

awakening

boys pitching pennies

against the brick

red begonias in a windowbox

down narrow streets

the arabs'

cry

sunlight diffused

through yellowed shades

the sounds of traffic

their creased necks gleaming

men in undershirts

brush away flies

while moths collect

around the streetlamp

a beer on the stoop

barefoot women leaning

into gossip

the moonglow of marble steps

adult laughter

through painted screens

children in bed strain to hear

heat lightning floods rooftops then

rain

raising oil on the streets

a distant siren

invades cool dreams

and moves on

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