Rocketing Into the Fourth Dimension

Willmette, Illinois 1950’s

All the girls and all the boys
All ages all sizes oh! the noise
Came to slide down Suicide Hill
At the Great Lake
Out my window
In Midwestern chill
Firemen hosed it
For faster downhills
Cardboard sleds for maniac thrills
On our butts then on our feet
Shredding and shedding to a beat
Open coats and pigtails flapping
Off the daredevil flyers’ heat
Till medics came and bandaged
Limbs of the first snowboarders.
Climbing up the slippery stairs
Never waiting, pushing, dares
No guards no rules no stupid fights
Girls and boys in equal flight
Racing each other for no prize
Bumping and falling into old snowmen
Overparked cars on Michigan Street
Smoke pouring from all the pipes
Winter stuck in our noses
Parents gathering, yelling, let’s go!
Stars led to No Man’s Land chocolates
We soared like heavenly rockets


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