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Thursday, Nov. 10, 2005 10:37 am

People’s poetry

Edited by Corrine Frisch

We’ve all done it. People watching as spectator sport. Lola Lucas has a keen eye as demonstrated in this snapshot of her recent trip to a local bookstore.
At the Springfield B & N
Moms with strollers stop by the café
For a shot of much-needed espresso While a farmer in bib overalls sorts through The bargain books. Across from me Is a young couple, I recognize The raven dye on their hair, I used to use it myself. Between them They must have a pound of metal in Zippers, studs, and spikes. They’re all in black, of course, down To their sandals, with a pallor that Suggests midnight picnics at mausoleums, Canoe trips on the River Styx.
By habit, I scan what they’ve stacked On their table, a copy of Dracula and The latest Better Crypts & Caverns.
I measure the girl’s single chin Against the swell of her tummy And smile behind my magazine. Apparently, life goes on.
— Lola Lucas
Lola L. Lucas is a research economist at IDES and an adjunct faculty member at UIS. Her first book, At Home in the Park: Loving a Neighborhood Back to Life, was published this August.
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