Raymond Luczak

Bump in Front of Mrs. Kichak’s House

Whenever I raced down on my banana bike,
I always swerved around it—
it was a landmark of sorts,
nameless and unmapped
yet easily identifiable from the kitchen
window overlooking Oak Street,
so when I heard the city of Ironwood
had slit open that bump to let out
its trapped air from too many winters
and repaved the entire street,
I saw the last of my childhood spin
crazily like a balloon expiring
the ghosts of bad haircuts,
terry socks, peanut butter sandwiches,
trips to Lake Superior, and no TV in summer,
only to be ironed out into fade to black.

Raymond Luczak is the author and editor of 22 books, with the latest titles being Flannelwood and Lovejets: Queer Male Poets on 200 Years of Walt Whitman.