Poem of the Day: The Giant Slide
April 18th, 2016 by

Beside the highway, the Giant Slide
with its rusty undulations lifts
out of the weeds. It hasn’t been used
for a generation. The ticket booth
tilts to that side where the nickels shifted
over the years. A chain link fence keeps out
the children and drunks. Blue morning glories
climb halfway up the stairs, bright clusters
of laughter. Call it a passing fancy,
this slide that nobody slides down now.
Those screams have all gone east
on a wind that will never stop blowing
down from the Rockies and over the plains,
where things catch on for a little while,
bright leaves in a fence, and then are gone.

Ted Kooser, &ldquo;The Giant Slide&rdquo; from <em>One World at a Time</em>. Copyright &copy; 1985 by Ted Kooser. All rights are controlled by the University of Pittsburgh Press, Pittsburgh, PA 15260, <a href="http://www.upress.pitt.edu"></a>www.upress.pitt.edu. Used by permission of University of Pittsburgh Press.

Source: One World At A Time(University of Pittsburgh Press, 1985)

Ted Kooser

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