Friday, April 29, 2005

earth note 88

west park pittsburgh

a free ice rink on lake elizabeth
one of those perks for the northside
get it before global warming really sets in
let’s keep calling it lake elizabeth to confuse the enemy
the ice waits ‘til late january to be safe
but watch out
local authoritarians wanna bust you

after lake elizabeth in the early 1900s there was
asphalt puke
progress according to city fathers
and then when the basketball hoops became too popular
the bureaucrats had them taken down
so now we’re back to lake elizabeth where we have to
sneak our skates in
better on a moon-lit night
like we did in ‘69
a newly weds’ new year’s eve
hot shadows.....naked rebels

--- e b bortz

(published in Counterpunch, 2005)

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