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Sunday In The Park
by Roger A. Ochs
Friday, November 01, 2002

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Oaks and maples nearly naked
Confused by late October
Days of seventy degrees.
People over-dressed
(At least by Pagan standards)
In shorts and T-shirts,
Hoping it won't be
Their last great weekend.

On the park's west side
Scores attend the Sunday service
Of the new secular religion
Sunday morning soccer
Replete with
Mom and Dad - congregation
Child players - acolytes
Portly coaches - priests
And referee - the Bishop

East side paths are shared
In etiquette unspoken
Save for tentative greetings
Good morning nods
Past from post-cardiac strollers
To power walkers
To sweating joggers
To roller bladers.

The trees look upon the people
With bemusement.
The people look upon the trees
With race memories of Druids
Both basking in Beltrane's
Late October sunshine.

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Reviewed by M Flack 11/6/2002
Me thinks there is more to this poem then mere words...
Reviewed by La Belle Rouge (Reader) 11/6/2002
I love this esp. the last part, just wonderful, a little druid in most of us!
Reviewed by Sandie Angel 11/5/2002
Great imageries with this write! I enjoyed this!!!!!

Sandie Angel :o) / May Lu $*_*$
Reviewed by jing javier 11/4/2002
lovely. beatiful poem.
Reviewed by a- maryllis 11/3/2002
Reviewed by na na (Reader) 11/3/2002
This is a easy paced soft step into the past, and you take us there so well Roger. Bill
Reviewed by Katy Walsvik 11/3/2002
Sigh.. a day like this IS a poem, isnt it? Would you care to stroll over there, Roger?.. there, just beyond that path through the trees? Your poem makes me wish to loll away the day in your company. A mind picture I will savor. katy.xox
Reviewed by Marilyn Seray 11/1/2002
Very, very nice
Reviewed by Betty Rickard 11/1/2002
Excellent write..Great insight..
Reviewed by Calendula Petal (Reader) 11/1/2002
Can you ship me over some of that, all we get is rain rain and more rain.....bonfire night is cancelled(guyfawkes) and my sausages are all limp!
Enjoyed this bit of late sunshine.
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 11/1/2002
very good write, roger! thanks for YOUR reviews; they were MUCH appreciated! love, your friend, karen lynn. (((HUGS))) :)
Reviewed by Alexander Shaumyan (Reader) 11/1/2002
The old rituals take on new forms, but there is still a sense of communion between humans and nature. Excellent.
Reviewed by Ted Sheridan (Reader) 11/1/2002
I liked this very much so much in fact I put shorts on and am going for a walk in search of some rays.
Reviewed by Theresa Koch 11/1/2002
LOVED this piece outstanding insight!!!
Reviewed by C. Gourlay (Reader) 11/1/2002
This is very good, it captures both the diversity of the human condition and the multidimensional states in which we exist. Quality piece.
Reviewed by Cathy Montgomery (Reader) 11/1/2002
Love the flow, mood, and images in this lovely poem...
Reviewed by Maria Lupinacci 11/1/2002
I agree with Linda, very thought provoking!!
I read it a few times!!

Reviewed by Linda Hill 11/1/2002
Another amazing write. Your writes
always stimulate the mind..
Loved this, my friend.
Reviewed by Ashley Tabor (Reader) 11/1/2002
Vivid write to stroll through. Great write!
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