CHICAGO POEMS


In this page, poems on / about “chicago” are listed.

  • 337.
    Harry Tompkins and the Art of Forgiveness

    Harry Tompkins hadn't been to church for many years. He still believed in God but going to church didn't interest him. Then on a warm Saturday afternoon in August, he met Jayne, a lovely woman, at a company picnic. He liked Jayne a great deal and he thought he might improve his chances with her if he accepted her invitation to go to church on Sunday morning. Jayne had a way about her that Harry liked. Besides she looked like a woman who would bear good children.

    'What time should I pick you up? ' he asked her. She told him 9: 30 would be fine. 'That will give us plenty of time to get to the ten o'clock Mass.' read more »

  • 338.
    It's Best to Leave Cootie Alone

    'Damn the vernal equinox! Full speed ahead! ' is all that Cootie Murphy would ever say when he sat on the last stool at the end of the bar in The Stag & Doe Inn. He wouldn't say it very often, only when provoked by someone or stirred by thoughts known only to him. Mostly he would simply sit at the bar in silence, staring straight ahead, tapping his fingers now and then, and sipping his Guinness.

    Cootie had held the rights to the last stool for more than 50 years, ever since he returned from Korea in 1953 after two years spent in conflict. Some people thought he suffered from post-traumatic stress syndrome, although they didn't call it that back then. Others thought he was nuts before he went to Korea and had simply come back a little nuttier. Both sides would find their opinions confirmed on nights when the moon was full and Cootie would throw his head back and howl like a wolf. Regular customers were used to it by now and they'd sometimes join in. The bartender would only say, "It's best to leave Cootie alone." read more »

  • 339.
    Madman in Remission

    Does he remember?
    Jenny, how could he forget?
    Thirty years ago you roared
    into his office and raged read more »

  • 340.
    Cats At Their Bowls Lapping

    This time there’s a postscript:
    “If ever I cook dinner for you,
    it will be Coquilles St. Jacques
    and Jefferson Davis Pie.” read more »

  • 341.
    Hubert Might Go Upstairs But Not To Rome

    Tea in the afternoon with his wife of many years is usually peaceful, Hubert thinks before he makes his announcement. Then he says it.

    'I'm going upstairs, ' Hubert tells Ruth as he hoists himself out of his old recliner, 'and if I don't ever come back down it's because you want to fly to Rome before we die so we can meet Pope Francis. Fat chance of that happening! You think the pope takes walks in St. Peter's Square? ' read more »

  • 342.
    The Copyreader

    I have been here a month,
    sitting in a circle with others,
    reading copy and writing heads.
    Today I'm convinced read more »

  • 343.
    Caseworker Determining Eligibility

    Cabrini-Green Projects
    Chicago,1963 read more »

  • 344.
    Those Good Tomatoes

    Chicago, South Side


    Late July and I am waiting read more »

  • 345.
    The Corner of Wells and Madison

    I know that if I ever
    fall in the street
    the way that man did,
    in the middle of an intersection, read more »

  • 346.
    People Who Live Above Stores

    Morse Avenue
    Chicago
    circa 1970 read more »

  • 347.
    St Patricks Day

    March 17th is one of the best days of the year.
    In Chicago the river was as green as grass.
    The Irish were celebrating like it was their job.
    Everyone in my family was together having a blast. read more »

  • 348.
    American Soul

    Lights across the river
    Blues from dens rich with pain
    Pleasure numbs the lonely hearts
    Searching for that refined door read more »

New Chicago Poems

  1. Go for a Walk, Ima Ryma
  2. Chicago blues, Cee Bea
  3. May Day, Md. Ziaul Haque
  4. Heron Here At - Lincoln Park Zoo, Ima Ryma
  5. Jackie Robinson West, Ima Ryma
  6. Riding Schwinns in '56, Donal Mahoney
  7. Mountain Throne, Midnights Voice
  8. In Search Of Americans, Joe Sadeghloo
  9. Oh, Rahm, Oh, Rahm Emmanuel, John F. McCullagh
  10. The Lovesong of Emmett Till (1996), Anthony Walton
  11. Crackling Again, Donal Mahoney
  12. People Who Live Above Stores, Donal Mahoney
  13. Lake Michigan, Kate Harrington
  14. To Conjure Up, Kevin Kiely
  15. Those Good Tomatoes, Donal Mahoney
  16. Caseworker Determining Eligibility, Donal Mahoney
  17. Caseworker: Yams and Plantain, Donal Mahoney
  18. The Copyreader, Donal Mahoney
  19. The Great Chicago Fire, Thomas Koron
  20. Cats At Their Bowls Lapping, Donal Mahoney
  21. Evening, Just Before Twilight, Esteban Arellano
  22. Shall I Compare She to A Chicago Winter, Lore Me34
  23. Snowy Owl - Lincoln Park Zoo, Ima Ryma
  24. Gentleman, Jaipal Singh
  25. The Skinny On Fatty's Cafe, Donal Mahoney
  26. Any Englishman To His Son, A. P. Herbert
  27. Whirls, Carl Sandburg
  28. Between Trayvon Shooting & Zimmerman Ver.., Luke Easter
  29. Making Rhythmic Memories, RoseAnn V. Shawiak
  30. Poor Humor, Lonnie Hicks
  31. The Doorman And The Dormouse, Ivo Cosentino
  32. Chicago, Morgan Michaels
  33. Lemon Underwear, Donal Mahoney
  34. Cub and Flub, Ima Ryma
  35. Bending, Grabbing, Sorting, Donal Mahoney
  36. Winter on Astor Street, Donal Mahoney
  37. Mixed Couple on the Morning Train, Donal Mahoney
  38. Rock n Roll, Moses Samandar
  39. Before I Sally Off, Donal Mahoney
  40. Chicago Dog, Ima Ryma
  41. An Irish Enclave,1956, Donal Mahoney
  42. Harvesting Pumpkins, Donal Mahoney
  43. 3-year old among 13 shot in Sanford Fla..., Luke Easter
  44. Elegy, oskar hansen
  45. Last Life, William Weiyi Marr
  46. Night Cruise On Lake Michigan, William Weiyi Marr
  47. Chicago Serenade, William Weiyi Marr
  48. Vietnam War Memorial, William Weiyi Marr
  49. Scene from Yom Kippur 1972, Donal Mahoney
  50. Savannah Belle, Donal Mahoney
  51. Kroid, Timothy Long
  52. My Chicago, Camille Rose Castillo
  53. Gunners Be Gone, Ima Ryma
  54. Chicago Teachers Union To March On Washi.., Luke Easter
  55. Baker & Mckenzie, Nicolas GRENIER
  56. George Zimmerman, 'Not Guilty' A Travest.., Luke Easter
  57. Chicago, Marissa Liebowitz
  58. MCKINSEY & COMPANY, Nicolas GRENIER
  59. Trumpeter Swans - Lincoln Park Zoo, Ima Ryma
  60. Looking For A Girl Across The United Sta.., Nicolas GRENIER
  61. Armadillo Home, Donal Mahoney
  62. Alone Abroad, Ima Ryma
  63. Lady Goulds, Donal Mahoney
  64. Oh, The Hats, Connie Yost
  65. Stormy day, everette johnson
  66. Chicago, everette johnson
  67. One Old Gigolo Counsels Another, Donal Mahoney
  68. AARON SWARTZ, Nicolas GRENIER
  69. Hadiya Pendleton, Chicago Honor Student,.., Luke Easter
  70. NBA standings, Sirius White
  71. PHOTOGRAPHER DEAN HICKSTEIN, Suzae Chevalier
  72. Fireflies and Summer Nights, Lonnie Hicks
  73. Poetry Magazines, Leslie Philibert
  74. Bag Lady, Donal Mahoney
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