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North American Dreaming: North Shore Dreaming

William Burkholder's poem recalls idyllic days.

North shore dreaming
Lake Erie respite
Where I long for
Driftwood beaches
Shale steps
And peaches
Picked from
Summer orchards
Red July cherries
Hanging
Like
Tiny crimson chandeliers
Catching the sun
My taste buds
Watering along
Dusty chased roads
Where we rode the fire trucks
Watering them down
Keeping the choke at bay
The fireman letting us ride for free
Truck tubes rolling
And we inside
Going for one hell of a ride
Down boats' access way
Splashing and flipping in the water those days
Fresh smell of summer seaweed wafting up the banks
July's bouquet
My Dad and my Grandpa
Replacing the planks on boat ramp never used
Their both gone now
And I cry

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