August Evening*

August 26, 2010

Placard design by Egress Studio
2007 Merit Award
August Evening*
By Jim Schmotzer

sitting next to Connie
old, hard, wooden stadium benches
red paint, chipped, gouged and peeling
he puts on her sweater
I put on my sweatshirt

band plays hits of some artist
we know little of and care less for
overbearing 80’s synthesizer
annoys me
she doesn’t seem to notice or care

beyond the stage I watch carnival rides
loop, spin and race into the evening
colored lights intensify
sky drifts to darkness

near full moon drifts above the trees
growing smaller as it brightens
yellow to orange to almost white

we come to the fair almost every year
it’s something we do
we learned this spring she has cancer
treatment, fear, hope shadow our days

we talk a bit, decide to leave
I am ready, but hesitate
how many more times we will go to the fair

*Copyright 2007 by Jim Schmotzer. This poem is included in POETRY WALK: Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest – The First Five Years. Info: Book! Placard design by Egress Studio.

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