Swollen palettes, satiated on mystery meat, bread and corn
husked beside the red swing-set after splish ‘n splash at noon.
Summer’s silly sprinkler dance anoints the day
with laughter fit for kings’ tables finely festoon’d.
Checkers played with pennies and monopoly pieces,
and, later, fake dollar bills found buried in the car seats.
Dinner table taunts from Mom and Auntie June
to remove from there our sad and smelly feet.
Now when moon and sun compete for sky,
I chuckle one last sigh before I hit the hay.
My buddy’s fresh, new farts remind me
how soon, in restful sleep, he’ll pay.
Sometimes, when pompous stars have fin’lly come and gone,
and, creeping on the ledge beside my window, at this height,
I wonder when, once more we might revel in