Sunday, June 16, 2013

On the Streets Where We Live

Some of us get our best and most restorative exercise cycling or walking the beautiful streets of our city.  Here's a poem inspired by tweets from a current and a former Cleveland Heights resident and about what one can observe on these leisurely recreational outings.

What’s in a Name? 

Was it imitation or appropriation that gave the framers
of our city’s streets the impetus for naming 
them as if we lived a Merrie Olde existence? 

My morning cycle wheels me past half-timbered
Tudor castle-lets on sheep-sheared lawns along
the quiet streets of Berkshire, Essex, Norfolk;
the shops on Coventry, and yes, down Tudor.  
Longer rides meander Anglified suburban ‘shires’
of Devon, Derby, Lancashire.  And while there’s
neither Hartford, nor a Hereford, many a Fair Lady
lives on Hampshire Road—tree-lined and shady. 

I prefer the names that come to mind,
spontaneously on my evening constitutionals. 
This street surely should be Lilac Lane;
another could be Mock Orange Blossom Row. 
The roses now are blooming on what used to be
the fragrant and abundant Avenue of Peonies.   

And though I know this isn’t England - it’s the Heights,
those of us who live here have the privilege
to bike and walk amid a Botanic Garden of Delights.
Now let's get some tweets going about Cumberland Pool, Cain Park, baseball and tennis - I see you out there on the Middle School courts and running on the track.  Tweet me. #htspoetweet

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