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Patrick Walsh

Hermeneutic Approach to a Summer Day

This is it.  This is what reality hands you.

Leisure and lineaments, time

And the rudimentary forms from which

The mind manages to make the world.




Brace for the arrival of spiral galaxies –

Diminished Andromeda, a mini Milky Way –

When the automatic sprinkler system

Kicks on at eight. 




The street shimmers.  Frequencies

Collide in brass complaints,

Ethereal ministrations:

Car horns and Hip-Hop,

Screaming tweens in flip-flops

Throwing water balloons,

Oaths and salutations,

Sirens, sub-woofers,

The traffic cop blows his whistle,

Frampton Comes Alive.




If the slices of a pie –

Sausage, pepperoni –

Were rearranged by an unseen hand,

They would still comprise a circle,

O voluptuous shape!




Jeter’s bat describes an arc

The ball can’t comprehend;

The ball traces a trajectory

The right-fielder cannot grasp.




Euclidean cones packed with French vanilla,

Daisy Dukes and their attendant hemispheres,

The rhomboids, the rectangles,

The Mustangs, the Hummers.




Through the convex of a contact lens

Or the unassisted eye,

A uniform sun explodes in spectrums

On the neighbor’s lawn.




It’s hard to say

Where these blueberries fall

On the optimum ripeness





A grief of clouds

At half past five

Makes a shambles of

Our picnic.




Centuries of science have made possible

The following observation:

That satellite now rising above the trees

Has the same mellow hue

As corn on the cob.


June 2015

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