A Day To Use Our Sidewalk Chalk

sidewalk chalk
The evening found us out in our small yard…

A Day To Use Our Sidewalk Chalk

I. Sidewalk Chalk

The evening found us out in our small yard

to sit crosslegged on our concrete walk

to play with color and enjoy a talk

about the joy of our picture postcard.

A pastel array of Crayola chalk

in front of us lined up like a rainbow

the perfect scene to start our color show

a time to let the color be our talk.

When springtime melt had drained into the soil

our sidewalks dry into a chalky white

the children spend their days in yard, outside.

I place our sidewalk chalk inside a pail

where each Dollar Store stick is within sight

to let imagination lead as guide.

A rainbow
In evening when I return from my work…

II. Colors of the Rainbow

In evening when I return from my work

the sunshine of a yellow sunsets still

a  drawing I can see from window sill

a calmer tonic found within artwork.

To carry dinner out into backyard

to join my son who sits to start Rainbows

he asks me where the Rainbow color goes

then gives me hugs and whispers that he’s tired.

To go to bed with memories on my lips

of colored powder flying in your hair

and dreams of summer days on this sidewalk.

To glance upon our chalky fingertips

while kneeling on the ground under the glare

just ground and us and multicolored chalk.

Chalk made crown...
I the king with silver chalk made crown…

III. Simple Creation

On Saturday morning when I will mow

my unruly lawn with dandelion

the sidewalk design looks slightly Mayan

in morning sun the pastel seems to glow.

The tedium of chores is broken down

on smiles that linger on a sidewalk face

my worlds become a new exotic place

and I the king with silver chalk made crown.

So small but vast this simple creation.

What change these colors make upon our lives.

How do we forget these sidewalk drawings

when time removes this certain narration?

Through time this chalky pastel act survives

a favorite of our summer belongings.

Jamie Lee Hamann
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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 started writing for TCE around 2015 and since then I have finished seven collections of poetry and plans for more. I currently live in Lemmon Valley NV with my family. If you desire to find my other work on the internet feel free to stop by my website simplepoetics.weebly.com. The website offers articles on poetry, poems, and links to all my other writing.

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