Poem by Melissa de Haan Cummings

Dogtown. 1931.  Marsden Hartley (1877-1943)

Dogtown. 1931. Marsden Hartley (1877-1943)

Leverett Street

sun struck the rocks gold

unlike she from California

who came

bought the stone home

with its stone steps

to its round

granite porch

halfway up Leverett Street

not understanding

that Mikey was part of the deal

the sea the woods the pits the

right to be private or sociable

the right to ride the road

on a threewheeler

she complained about the bargain

farther up Leverett

they’re having a baby

he beams a smile

who cursed the preschoolers

on his way up the ramp

who did build the wedding cake

four tiered with its circling stairway

who were married

on top of the wooden

wedding cake so huge

the first layer required

a tractor trailer full of pallets

for completion

before the (penultimate) bonfire

~ Melissa de Haan Cummings

74bdd-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.”