The-park-and-ride, flanked by fields and trees,
sits on the outskirts,
cheap and convenient for the city.
I guide my ageing car between parallel rows
of shiny four-by-fours and hatchbacks,
following the one-way arrows.
A patient elderly queue is waiting at the bus stop,
checking timetable and watches,
anxious to get to the shops.
The bus smells of dust and diesel, and its windows
reflect compliant rows of brass-furnished
doors and sparkling windows.
Cats stroll and strut along tidy-edged front paths,
daffodils gild gardens
and sparrows splash in birdbaths.
Only mothers with babies and toddlers seem to be at home,
pegging laundry on the washing line
while chatting on the phone.
The closer we get to the city, the dirtier the streets,
littered with wrappers from restaurants
offering fast food to eat.
The city crawls with vehicles in the road and up the kerbs,
busy people with busy lives
and the flotsam of the suburbs.
Kim M. Russell, 2017
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My response to dVerse Poets Pub Poetics – Suburb Poetry
Oloriel is our guest host tending Poetics and the bar today. She says that she was born, bred, raised and still lives in the suburbs, where she has noticed things and emotions that differ when she travels from her place to another and, over the years, images have etched themselves in her head as ‘suburban things’. She says it’s very similar in poetry and she has discovered poems characterized as Suburban poetry.
What makes a poem a suburban poem? She says it is the feeling that the poem leaves, the difference in scenery, the constant physical and metaphysical presence of animals, wilderness, gardens, curtains. Combinations that seem esoteric. She has shared an example with us: ‘Suburban’ by Michael Blumenthal.
How does one go about writing a suburban poem? She says we should keep ourselves emotionally in the suburbs, shed the characteristics of a modern environment. Be free, be strange, as well as including: flora and fauna; rhyming and repetition, which do a great job of depicting the haziness of the suburbs; motives of longing, melancholy and repeated cycles.