July 8, 2010

Dubuque poems

Filed under: Poetry,Writing — crcb @ 11:45 pm

Just got back from a brief vacation trip to Dubuque, Iowa, USA.

First, a couple of haiku:

river restaurant’s
two-story windows, streaked
with mayflies

(Not sure they were actually mayflies, but if not, then something very similar in appearance.)


otters — too playful
to catch on camera, too
playful not to try


And then…

Dubuque Fourth Street Elevator

Paint peels
from the wooden car.
We ride to the crest
of the bluff, passing
worn stretches of cable,
broken spools. At the edge
of my vision,
the purple and yellow
of new flowers,
the white of knuckles.

–Carl Bettis

(Note: also known as the Fenelon Place Elevator, but I like Fourth Street Elevator better. It claims to be –according to the t-shirt I didn’t buy — “The world’s shortest steepest and scenic railway.”)


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