The Skate Park at Idlewild

The City Skatepark
“…to pick up speed and try new rapid tricks.”

1. The Skate Park

To skate upon his board within his group.

He laughs and suddenly stands up to ride

and with a  beer in hand he starts to glide

around the empty pool he makes a loop.

Under the blister of the summer sun

an oak throws shade upon the concrete park.

He speeds to friends and skids to leave a mark

and shares his beer after his gentle run.

The busy half pipe tells a different tale,

to pick up speed and try new rapid tricks

and keep themselves upon their sturdy feet,

to take the chance of bruises with each fail.

Ride until there is smoke under their trucks

and glide with ease upon every feat.

The Family at the Pool
“…some hold their bikes and others hold a board.”

 

2. The Family

 

Inside the empty pool the youngest stand.

Some hold their bikes and others hold a board.

Nearby their parents, stand while looking bored.

Youngest feel they are part of something grand.

The older riders treat them with respect,

they never anger when the children sit.

They move around the child instead of quit,

to stop once and help the younger correct.

Some ride from low income housing nearby

or from apartments behind the strip mall.

Their boards escape upon this concrete cloud,

upon the rail reality stands by.

They already know it hurts when you fall.

They have felt enough pain to stand up proud.

 

A Culture
“… nice weather and a half pipe promise.”

 

3.  The Perfect Day

 

Anthropology worthy of study,

the varied cultures of each cities park,

to grind until their trucks create a spark.

A celebration of community.

A place to see an American truth.

How we can unite and act as one force,

to take a break from our lives beaten course,

to try something hard while risking a tooth.

For on this concrete no one thinks color

or if their brand of board will make the cut.

Just nice weather and a half pipe promise.

Everyone is a sister or brother.

To skate towards perfection using their gut

over again till the act seems flawless.

Jamie Lee Hamann

My name is Jamie Lee Hamann and I have a passion for writing short fiction and poetry.I currently live in Washoe Valley NV with my family.I am excited to share my poetry and my writing and I hope that you enjoy reading as much as I enjoy writing.

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Jamie Lee Hamann

My name is Jamie Lee Hamann and I have a passion for writing short fiction and poetry. I currently live in Washoe Valley NV with my family. I am excited to share my poetry and my writing and I hope that you enjoy reading as much as I enjoy writing.

3 thoughts on “The Skate Park at Idlewild

  • September 23, 2018 at 8:42 PM
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    If only the whole world could possess the kind of brother/sisterhood that children and young adults at a skateboard park, life would be far better. Thank you for sharing this fun sport, Jamie. I enjoyed reading it. I love going to Idlewild, it is a lovely park and people are so relaxed and happy there. Wonderful poetry. Take care.

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  • September 24, 2018 at 12:30 AM
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    Nicely penned and expressed, of the skate parks filled with striving lads to be the next big thing. Pros make a lot of money out of it these days. My second eldest sone did it for a while but then got into snowboarding. He’s now a bodybuilder and makes me look like a shrimp. lol Well done

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  • September 30, 2018 at 6:53 PM
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    A great compilation extolling the virtues of the skate park culture, Jamie. I spent many an hour watching and supervising my children at skateparks when they were younger, and two sons were most proficient at the sport. I just read that Tony’s son went on to become a bodybuilder, well two of mine became Muay Thai fighters and now personal trainers, so maybe skateboarding leads to other forms of fitness sports. I enjoyed this.

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