Ode to the US Open


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Queens owes the US Open many thanks,

and not just for the money that it brings.
The water flows more swiftly through the tanks
and higher ’round the Unisphere it springs.
No children risk themselves among the jets
that gird the looming globe of stainless steel.
Dog walkers keep an eye upon their pets,
and picnickers are neater with their meals.
The lights around the fountains burn so bright,
and later do they shine, it must be told,
while tennis players battle for the right
to best themselves, a trophy for to hold.

The greatest gift of all that I have seen:

The public restrooms are being kept so clean!

I wish the park could be kept as nicely for the rest of us the rest of the year, for those of us who live and work here and pay taxes here, and the rule keeping children out of the Unisphere fountain for their safety could be more dutifully enforced when there are no tourists around.
Ana Keveney
Jackson Heights