Small Towns Revisited

Written by: Edmund Siejka


Small Towns Revisited


by Edmund Siejka


We Long Islanders
Live near a large City
Of
Tall buildings 
High end stores
Apartments with gated windows
A place where people live like strangers.

Here, where we live 
The land slopes downward
Towards Merrick Road
Inviting us for a walk
Along the way
It’s just like a neighbor
To call our name
We say hello
And exchange pleasantries
There is no need to say anymore.

Our families have roots here
Passing our local school 
We recall that July
When fathers,
Tradesman
And office workers alike,
Volunteered 
To help build a playground.

Wives worked nearby
To be home
When children
Stepped off school buses
Homes managed under their careful eye.

Near a park
Our sons and daughters played soccer 
Families came to watch
Their children run like the wind
Memory tells me
It was a good season.

On nearby streets
We helped neighbors 
With routine chores 
Lifting and pushing the unmovable
Shiny things for a kitchen
Or something for the upstairs room 
Odds and ends
We call possessions.

In return we are known here
And we take every opportunity
To walk through a quiet town
As early evening
Peacefully descends
On everyone and everything.