Laurie Fraser’s Answer to Steve Forbert’s Toast to a Midsummer Evening.
Here’s to fat women eating large ice cream cones
nattering past my bedroom window.
Here’s to vicious baseball games,
a drive to nowhere,
Here’s to Mr. Alcoholic dead at 2 a.m.
banging his wife.
Here’s to two litters of kittens in the kitchen.
Here’s to bags of charcoal and pot and Cheezies,
butterflies over the tiny uncut lawn,
old songs on the radio.
Here’s to noisy, bossy kids,
heat in my days
love in my ways
D.Q. on my waist.
Living in Mechanicsville in the 80s