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Details | Prose Poetry |

Ghosts of South Dakota part 1

   	The location of the Spring Creek School was on a flat, nestled 
between the cliff on the north and the Little White River on the south.  The river 
flowed in from the northwest, circled to the south of the school about a quarter 
mile and wended it's way east departing to the northeast.  Though I never saw it 
in my day I imagine this was once a flood plain.  Yes, at one time this could 
easily have been the scene of flash floods.  The waters tumbling and sloshing 
their way across this insignificant piece of ground in a hurry to reach the exit.  
Time had slowed the waters and erosion had taken it's tole, leaving the west and 
south in twenty to thirty foot sharp sandy cliffs.  The ground sloped to the east 
leaving a two foot drop off.  A sandy graded road approached the large heavy duty 
bridge, crossed and continued on as a trail road.
	It's summer and the Little White River gently rolls from bend to bend.  
We are running back and forth across the bridge stopping now and then to lean 
over the rail and watch the Indian children splashing in the only deep spot.  It was 
first comers got the choice spot.  Big deal! Chest deep to a ten year old.
           We run off the bridge south.  The graded road crosses a big culvert 
allowing a small spring access to the river where it fans out at the point of entry.  
We run through the crystal liquid turning it into chocolate and leaving dents in the 
once smooth sand.  This is a child's paradise.  Sand so pure, soft and powdery 
warmed by the sun.  The deeper we dig the cooler the sand becomes as it is 
joined by the moisture below.
	Our mothers put limits on our water sports.  First: we had to wait an 
hour after the meal to get in the water.  Second: polio was a concern in our day 
and we didn't get to play as often as we thought we should.  Third: we were not 
allowed to swim unless our mothers were with us.  With the gardening, house 
keeping and canning, we were lucky if we got to swim two or three times a week.  
I guess that is why we spent most of our time on horseback.
	On the ridge north of the school stood a lookout tower.  In the long 
evenings we would be found always outside, either sitting on the steps, running 
up and down the fire escapes or in the front yard.  This was the only real green 
grass in the area.  It was fenced to keep cattle or horses from trampling it into the 
mirrored image of its surroundings.  This enclosure measured fifty by a hundred 
feet and was kept watered.  A large tree provided the only shade

Copyright © Marycile Beer | Year Posted 2007

Details | Prose Poetry |

Ghosts of South Dakota part 3

                     There were seven Indian Government schools.  All built alike.  The 
one I'm writing about is Spring Creek.  He Dog, Soldier Creek and White River, 
Grass Mountain, Two Kettle, and Black Pipe were the other schools.  The 
Headquarters for these schools was at Rosebud, South Dakota. 
	On some summer evenings we were able to talk our mothers into 
hiking to the lookout tower.  We followed the ankle deep sandy trail road to the 
cliff north of the school.,  A canyon lay at the foot of the tower but we climbed the 
bluff.  I don't know why we didn't explore the canyon unless it seemed dark and 
sinister.  The footing was better once we reached the summit.  The closer we got 
to the tower the taller it grew and standing at the foot of the steps looking up was 
easier than getting to the top and looking down.  My mother didn't usually make it 
to the top because she didn't like heights.  But she didn't mind being left behind 
this time.  We never could get into the building at the top because it was locked, 
but we could climb the steps to the very last one.  Even my little sister managed 
to elude mom and followed us to the top. 
	From the bluff we could look down on the garden.  My aunt grew a 
huge garden and canned the produce for the hot meals served the school 
children.  We kids didn't work in the garden very often, but we looked for the arrow 
heads and fossils.  Which, I suspect the adults probably considered the best 
place for us.
	At the end of the road, living in shack, was Old Lady Grease.  I have a 
vague recollection of seeing her.  Tiny, frail, wrinkled and gray headed is all I can 
	In spring and fall we were in school in Kansas.
	It's Christmas now.  Cold and usually snowy.  We were in a winter 
wonder land.
	I'm standing at the fire escape window.  The ghostly pale full moon is 
illuminating the naked arms of the trees as they shiver in the wind, swaying to 
and fro as if dancers in a ballet.  I listen to the winter sounds. The frigid air 
enhances their sharpness.  The ax's thud echoes up the canyon as one of the 
Indians across the river chops another supply of wood.  One of his peers beats 
on the drum.  It is one-thirty a. m.  but the thin walls of the tents do not keep the 
cold out.  Day or night this chore must be attended to for survival.

Copyright © Marycile Beer | Year Posted 2007

Details | Haiku |

Early Spring

Early spring flowers
tulips poke heads
ground unfrozen

Sweet floral scent
blooming blossoms
drifts on the wind

Bird of spring
robin red breast
chirping melody

Trying my hand at Haiku again.
not the traditional Japanese 5-7-5

Copyright © Phyllis Babcock | Year Posted 2011

Details | Quatrain |

It Was One Of Those Mornings

Spring had already come, but my mother was still numb, 
Winter anorak hugging my sweating and suffocating body; 
Sad inside, but quietly because I was by no means a dumb, 
Since I claimed to her that the others were free as anybody. 

Summer time loves my essence, free, liberal and breezy, 
Wearing t-shirts on the bus to school, a bold statement, 
To their fundamentalism, so religious, strict and uneasy, 
About our freedoms, like healthcare, radio and sentiment. 

Copyright © Rhoda Monihan | Year Posted 2016

Details | Diminished Hexaverse |

Spring Break At An All-Girls Boarding School

Weekend days shining
Loud music pounding
Cards flying around
head pounding with noise
big dog runs around

when can I sleep?
Their shaking heads
bring tears to eyes
wails raise upward

dreams of sleep
answer: no
I will cry

So tired
please sleep



Copyright © Elissa Quigley | Year Posted 2016

Details | Rhyme |

Laceless Shoes

When I was a kid of maybe six
And I put on my favorite kicks
I had a problem a kid faces
I couldn’t tie my own shoelaces
And with four kids, Mom’s precious time
Could not all be spent on mine
She had to find another way
To keep me in my shoes each day
And tennis shoes were not allowed
In a Catholic school crowd
So shoes for school and Sunday best
Had to pass Mom’s laceless test
A penny loafer wouldn’t fit
I’d walk and slip right out of it
Elastic laces she couldn’t get
And Velcro’s not invented yet
She searched and found this shoe with tongue
That opened like a spring was sprung
And once you slipped your foot inside
Unsprung the tongue – you’re good as tied
And I didn’t have a handicap
When I took off my shoes to nap
I just had to flip that flap
Slip in my foot – close with a snap
I thought my gadget shoes “the bomb”
And I never had to bother mom
I wonder if they make these still
For little boys who lack the skill
Who every morning he still faces
Fumbling with his long shoe laces
Or could a guy like me get rich
Reinventing for this niche
And saving Mom’s their precious time
Like these shoes once did for mine
Mdailey	6/20/11

You probably have to be a man of at least 60 years old to remember these shoes.  
They were black leather with a wide flat tongue that was hinged at the toe like the 
hood of a 60? XKE ( my dream car as a teen).  There was a spring of some sort at 
that hinge so that when the tongue was lowered, the shoe was tight.

Copyright © mike dailey | Year Posted 2011

Details | Free verse |

Spring Semester

I found my place there.
To lie in despair.
I dream of elsewhere.
I see you tie your hair.
Or that dress you wear.
We'll never be a pair.
I would never dare.
This is only fair.
This feeling seems to tear.
I wonder why I care.
Here there is only air,
just enough to bare.

Copyright © Angel Garcia | Year Posted 2016

Details | Acrostic |


Soon everything will be growing.
Plants will be in bloom.
Rains will come down,
In April to bring May the, 
Nice looking flowers and,
Girls and boys will be out of school soon.

wrote 1-31-10

Copyright © Nicole Sharon Brown | Year Posted 2010

Details | Blank verse |

Senior Year May Showers

The old saying goes,
May Showers bring June Flowers,
And I scoff.
The Showers definitely come,
But not from the clouds.
Rather, the rain originates
From the corners of my eyes.
And the world becomes blurrier
Than the mess inside my mind.

The feeling of having so much to do,
And having so little time to do it
Conflict with each other.
The two viciously swirl around
And a tornado ensues.
Decisions on top of decisions
Needing to be made,
Priorities becoming useless,
Any mentioning of the future--
And the thunder hits
Louder than ever.

People say one’s last year of school
Is one of sunshine and rainbows.
Deception, oh HOW they deceived me.
Expectations of bright blue-skies
Are shattered with mighty storms.
You say these May Showers
Promise to bring June Flowers--
The thought sprouts a little ray of hope
That the storms will end.
I suppose we shall see what blooms

Copyright © Jordan Lichtenheld | Year Posted 2017

Details | Free verse |


It’s the last of the snow
Spring finally arrived
Time to get ready for battle
Time to get my little hands 
On my bag of marbles
Way up there since winter
Abandoned on my bookshelf
A droopy, limp blue velvet bag
But today a long lost friend
So proud, so bold and so bright
Protector of my priceless collection 
Glass and steel weapons of rolling destruction

I undo the golden drawstring 
Close my eyes and reach into the dark
Cloister of clicking clacking spheres
They run through my fingers 
Feeling better than gold through a miser’s hands
Aggies, immies, cats eyes, steelies
and the most dangerous, mibs 
Big fat bully marbles capable of
Knocking all of the competition
Johnnie had better watch out this year

Last year’s champ
Johnnie’d been lucky 
A shark, wincing his good eye and 
Whack, all the marbles dispersed
With brutal force they would fly
Like a big exploding rainbow
Fragments scattered on the ground
Crushing… yet really awesome
When he pulled out his mib 
We knew we were done
But this year will be different

This year I’m more determined
Practiced each move in my head
Like a general devising his attack
Spit shined alleys, aggies, 
Jumbos, glass ones ready for action
Aggies, my luckiest by far 

Leaving for school full of schemes and ploys
On the way defiantly sizing up opponents
Eyeing the size of the enemies’ arsenal
Running fingers through mine 
Challenging anyone carrying a loot

We had watched the yard for days
Barely contained our determination
The last of the snow clung stubbornly to school walls 
Dry patches would proclaim the official opening day
Our first spring tournament could begin
And today is the day we all know it 

Recess rings, doors open; “Hooray” 
Is all we hear across the dried yard
As groups knuckle down to play for keepsies
Winners keepers, losers weepers
Hear that chittery clickety click clack melody
Johnnie is there full of snickering confidence
So sure he can perpetuate his reign
But he doesn't know how hard I’ve practiced
How much I want to earn his loot
Crush him and any other rival 
Who dares to show off
Get set
Aim just perfectly right

Collaboration with other PS poet to be named after contest
Submitted for contest I SHALL COLLABORATE WITH YOU sponsored by JAMES EDWARD LEE SR - November 6, 2017

Copyright © Line Gauthier | Year Posted 2017