Saturday, December 5, 2015

Summer Siren

by G. Jack Urso

my city sings a summer song

with sirens, shouts, honks, and horns

solar rays over an asphalt haze

lingering long lunar days


basketballs poppin’ off the pavement

like bare feet on hot sand

running bases, bicycle races

dirty sneakers with untied laces

fire hydrants drenching a burning land


comic books, gumballs,

fireworks, a lemonade stand

hot dogs, hamburgers,

the ice cream man

fistfights, tree forts,

sleeping under the moon

will-o'-the-wisps . . . gone too soon


all sorts of things

with skies and wings

on the edge

under the sun that warms

All Sorts of Things (1973), With Skies and Wings (1973), On the Edge (1973), and The Sun that Warms (1970) are the titles of elementary school readers published by Ginn and Company. All images from The Sun that Warms. I used these textbooks in the 6th grade with Mrs. Skalko at Public School #19, Albany, NY, 1975-1976. See below (I'm third from right in the back row). 



  1. Brings back good memories of my own Summers as a boy. You captured the spirit of Summer for a ten year old boy growing up in the 60's. Thanks.

    1. I probably have better poems from a literary standpoint, but this is my favorite. If only one thing survives that I have written, and this was it, I would be OK with that.