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Charles Ghigna - Father Goose®

the author of more than 100 award-winning books from Random House, Disney, Hyperion, Time Inc.,

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City Poems


City Faces

The hustle and bustle
Of people downtown,
Working and waving
And walking around.

So many people,
So many places,
So many stories
On so many faces.



City Sounds

The farm has charm,
But I like gritty.
I like the sounds
Of the soulful city.

I like the mountains.
I like the sea,
But the beat of the street
Is music to me.

I like to travel.
I like to roam,
But the sound of the city
Calls me home.



City Sleeps

Above the stoplights
made of steel
where concrete buildings
scrape the sky,
a single cloud
goes drifting by.

It casts a shadow
in the street
that climbs the wall
into my room
and tucks me in
beneath the moon.



©Charles Ghigna


11 comments:

Amy Ludwig VanDerwater said...

Oh, I adore these. There is such a special magic in a city, and you capture it. Thank you, Charles! xo, a.

Carmela Martino said...

I especially like City Sounds, and "the beat of the street." Thanks for these.

Irene Latham said...

Now you've got me singing "You Belong to the City." :) Nice to celebrate the urban when so many of us wax about the rural...50

Charles Ghigna said...

Thank you, Amy, Carmela, and Irene. What a talented trio! I'm a big fan of all your writings and of your good work with teachers, parents, and students!

Joyce Ray said...

City Sounds is especially nice, Charles. I like the contrasts there and the image of a "soulful city."

Charles Ghigna said...

Thanks, Joyce! Have fun with your new YA novel!

Ruth said...

Lovely city poems! My favorite is the shadow of that cloud.

Mary Lee said...

I love that single cloud and its shadow.

marthacalderaro said...

Loved reading these poems this evening. Thanks for sharing them!

Charles Ghigna said...

Thanks, Ruth, Mary Lee, and Martha! Appreciate your cloud comments. Always fun dropping in to read your poetic surprises.

Ed DeCaria said...

"City Sounds" is terrific. Thanks for posting these for us, Charles.