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Miller Park
Kent Reichert


We sat on a park bench
eating protein bars
and cherry pie
washing them down with
Coke and silence,
bathed in newborn greens and
the cloudless purity
only blue displays
under an adolescent sun,††††††††††††††††††††† †
sentences of daydream
punctuated by passing dog walkers
clutching colored plastic bags;
joggers striding in
rhythmic meditation ;††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †
and the occasional
hand in hand of elderly couples
gazing with youthful eyes,††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †
but ignoring
their late hour.††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †
Just enough time
between appointments
to discard doctors and diagnoses
in the bin
for now
and embrace the voices
of children on the playground.
We sat on a park bench
swaddled in spring
smiling at each other.

© by Kent Reichert.
Used here with the authorís permission.

Kent Reichert, a native of Southern California, has been a lifelong educator. He has spent the last 50 years living in the North Carolina piedmont. Currently, Kent and his wife live among trees in the last house at the end of a road overlooking a lake, where he passes the time with photography and writing. His poems have appeared in a variety of publications.

Post New Comment:
"sentences of daydream punctuated by passing dog walkers" - this is a terrific phrase! Thank you for this poem, Kent - it's as though you saw me and my spouse in the park.
Posted 04/26/2023 06:26 PM
This is so lovely--descriptive, expressive, and touching.
Posted 04/26/2023 02:22 PM
Lori Levy:
Beautifully expressed.
Posted 04/26/2023 02:14 PM
Wilda Morris:
"swaddled in spring" - what a beautiful way to express it.
Posted 04/26/2023 11:37 AM
Glen Sorestad:
There are just so many great poetic touches in Kent's describing of this scene that I read its entirety without taking a breath -- and then that final line and its unexpected swaddle was just so perfect!
Posted 04/26/2023 11:20 AM
Each time I re-read it, I enjoy it more. Just beautiful.
Posted 04/26/2023 10:35 AM
So tender . . . as it shows how we turn to art during the seasons of our lives. Nicely done, Kent.
Posted 04/26/2023 09:49 AM
I will hold my wife's hand.
Posted 04/26/2023 09:09 AM
Larry Schug:
"swaddled in Spring" Oh, yeah!
Posted 04/26/2023 08:02 AM
Joan Luther:
Newborn greens, rhythmic meditation..creative descriptions!
Posted 04/26/2023 07:43 AM
The final line is wonderful.
Posted 04/26/2023 07:38 AM

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