the avenue of the flags

sitting in the only shaded spot
away from foot traffic
my daughter
writes boys’ names
on her sneakers
in rainbow ink

while
the avenue
of the flags
sets Miles Davis
in motion
straight up
to loudly snap those flags
in unison
popping August air
already sizzling with oil
& dusted cinnamon

everything here
can be sold battered,
fried & eaten
on a stick
from bacon to butter
& even cheesecake
but
who wants to swallow that
when we can stir
& taste afternoon sunlight
stain-glassing
those flags & fluttering tents
to spun sugar candy floss colors
melting on our tongues

as caricature artists
cartoon the lovers
leaning into each other
on canvas paper

preserving
a more natural
but still forced
sweet

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About Susan L Daniels

I am a firm believer that politics are personal, that faith is expressed through action, and that life is something that must be loved and lived authentically--or why bother with any of it?
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21 Responses to the avenue of the flags

  1. This is so much better than coming home from the fair with a stuffed animal or kewpie doll!

  2. unfetteredbs says:

    sweet memories here…

  3. I like this because I feel like I am there. This is very real and alive.

    I am not sure if it is the sounds, the aromas and tastes, the lucid imagery or my own memory that makes this so very real. But I do know it is your writing that did that.

    • Jeremy, thank you! We had a great day, and the whole experience sitting there, watching the world go by was so brilliantly colored and unbelievably vivid. But as for the deep fried butter–EWWWWWWWW. No thanks!

  4. a heavy tummy! what a great picture ! Funny gal :)

    • :) thanks. I am afraid something is going to spring out of my mind about the sign I saw today advertising chocolate-covered BACON. Oh, my–I shudder at the thought of something so AWFUL.

  5. Rhonda says:

    so much has changed it appears…yet so much has stayed the same. I can see and hear and smell the fair! seems it will be my only chance this year, so thanks for that, and thanks for eating a fried dough for me. it was yummy and looks better on you than it would on me. ;)

  6. doncarroll says:

    this is really nice susan. that first stanza really pulled me in:)

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