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LATE AUGUST - from A Neighborhood Child

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LATE AUGUST - from A Neighborhood Child


It’s late August    with Labor Day on my mind
Something sharp and indistinct is in the air
I sense it all along my prickled skin
My forehead    in my hair

Kids would seem to play more frantically    as though to say
“All is quit right after Labor Day.”

Denver always has a big parade
It’s really not for us
Men have traded guns for overalls
Tanks and silver helmets for baker’s    builder’s trucks
The bands are poor and few    plain-shoed players not too fine
The working men    keep tipping hats   walk in staggered lines

One good thing late August brings
A smell of football’s in the air
A roll on churchyard grass –
You’re tackled    miss a pass

There are a few good things late August brings
To soften thoughts of school opening
Mother’s busy with needle and thread
A trip downtown
To Gano Downs
The dread “Back to School Sale”

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  1. Date: 10/1/2011 10:21:00 PM
    Hi Dave, This certainly brings back memories. As you know from my memoir, I loved the back to school sales. It wasn't often I got new clothes and it was a big deal for me.I going on to read the rest of the series. Love, Lainie

  1. Date: 9/12/2011 3:12:00 PM
    Well, again dear poet, school life... nine more years for this soul ! God willing, Noah comes out on top ! Great reading you today Dave ! much love, james

  1. Date: 9/11/2011 2:02:00 PM
    I love how you bring your memories back to live in this gem Dave, even the dislike for the "Back to School Sale" brilliant way to share your memories. love Wilma

  1. Date: 9/7/2011 2:24:00 AM
    welcome again,daver.. you really hit the poetic rod with this vignette of sacnes.. love it! :) huggs!

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  1. Date: 9/6/2011 10:43:00 PM
    Many interesting and nostalgic memories here, Daver. I was born ON Labor Day itself and that's why yesterday was so special to me. it was my actual DAY, MOnday! I really liked seeing this one also for that reason! I am happy to see you back. Bring more more more poetry . Luv, Andrea

  1. Date: 9/6/2011 8:54:00 PM
    brings back memories of my own back to school days..... didn't know whether to like it or hate it. seeing friends was good and I guess that was about it.... Pop used to go downtown school shopping for 9 kids.... It was quite a haul . Now football ! that's cool. Love it to obsession so I meter it out a bit. Thanks for your poem, Daver. Just glad it's not me going back to school. Kids around these parts start August 15th! What a rip off for them!

  1. Date: 9/5/2011 5:58:00 PM
    Love the way you describe the kids playing "frantically," Daver. And those back to school sales are everywhere. Perhaps Denver is one of the few places that really celebrates Labor Day with a parade. But the approach of football season -- I'm in heaven already! Seminoles won yesterday and entered the season ranked 6th in the nation. This is what I like best about fall! Great poem, my friend. Love, Carolyn