Poem by Melissa de Haan Cummings


Parade 2014 Dennis Flavin

[huge slow flakes of snow float straight down]

huge slow flakes of snow float straight down

this windless morning

thick on the trucks

Joe and Dylan walk in it

Joe rolls snowpeople balls

Dylan flops down

for snow angels

first big fall of the season

check on the snow person

O it’s half the height

of the yellow slide!

Riley sits on his knees

on the fourth sphere

Dylan heaves snowballs at him

the three take off to find more snow

flakes thin supposed

to continue all day

the little snow person

has sticks for arms and fingers

both sport Patriots helmets

Dylan runs up the hill

stops surveys the guys

runs on

flakes thicken

a tiny avalanche

slides off the triangle

shaped boat cover

my black buddy told me

her kind is lazy

shiftless and

wears loose shoes

Game on!

Stop in Beverly

for hard boiled eggs

salt coffee and a hot

chicken sandwich

What’s up with the Pats scandal?

O everybody does it

The Pats got caught

What it is is

each team gets nine balls

They give them to the ref

Fifteen minutes before the game

the ref gives them the balls

So they could both

deflate their balls!

Yah.  They do

according to what

the quarterback wants

The balls have to be

between twelve and

thirteen pounds

Of pressure?


How come it isn’t

what the receiver wants?

It’s what the quarterback wants

Cape Ann Mites

defeat Marblehead Mites

six to four

but our goal keeper

chastised by

Coach Dad

for staying inside

the crease

is sulky

as well as

frustrated by

the four goals

Grampy said

he was so so

the Marblehead goalie

was pretty good

Is so so better

than pretty good?

Grampy remains Mum

Before sunset

snow becomes rain

helmets and heads

roll off snow bodies

Melissa de Haan Cummings
24 January 2015

melissa2bcummingsMelissa de Haan Cummings majored in French and English Literature at 
Bryn Mawr. She has published poetry in a number of journals. 
 She describes her interests as including, “much small boating around Cape
 Ann, love of Charles Olson, Hatha yoga practice since 1969.”

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