i walk a way down the road singing let the sunshine
the sunshine in
over and over
ninety something degrees
bright in the depth of a summer daylight
one afternoon
down the jersey shore

let the sunshine the sunshine in
probably a thousand times
alone
i walked north some miles
then south the vacation avenue
as many cars having passed me
the sunshine in

the emperor having no clothing the broiling sun
let the sunshine the sunshine in
over under over on over
singing
the sunshine in
the sunshine in the middle of a summer day
let the sunshine

 

Thom Olsen

5 comments

  1. Joanna Gilman Hyde Blair

    this is a very effective poem. the naked emperor practically leaps as he gets scorched and we’re all under that fatal sun.

  2. pointsthruprose

    I don’t know why, but I keep reading this poem over and over again, “let the sunshine in the sunshine in” . This is a very clever poem and I am determined to understand it other than the obvious.

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