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Parkette

Look at the word
Park-ette
"ette"
Perhaps the Parkette is of French origin
coquette, fillette, barrette...
After such words I imagine the Parkette
(parquette)
with rosy cheeks
and bows in its hair
skipping
rope
ankle-socks      Mary-Janes      daisy-chains
One Parkette painting the otherís toenails.

A Parkette sounds like a creature
prone to engage in such activities as
"sleepovers"
or
"shopping".
It doesnít throw a ball very well
but might enjoy gymnastics
or synchronized swimming.
This Parkette is delicate
shy
and
retiring
a beautiful flower
covered in dew beads,
an alluring female charm deep inside
radiating from within

like the steam from the subway grate
across the street
from the small
triangle
of grass and curled weeds
complete with bench and sign

"Mid-Town Parkette"

(Nov 14, 2001)


© Katherine Maheux, 2003.