Lindsay Smith

Lincoln Park Love Letter

West · Tremont · Poetry

Summer evening, mid-July,
I wave once passing by.
Dogs on a leash, a family of squirrels,
All basking in this beautiful world.
This love is different, can’t you see.
What’s more loyal than these trees?
Sprawling sidewalks, a set of swings
Blooming lilies, pretty things.
Church bells ring as we walk through
The farmers market to get to you.
Soft green grass tickles my feet,
At the picnic table I take a seat.
As I look around, with so much to see,
I realize these feelings do not belong solely to me.
It’s the center of our neighborhood we all come to,
Lincoln Park, here’s to you.

Lindsay Smith

Lindsay Smith is a social worker who lives in the Tremont neighborhood. She wrote Lincoln Park Love Letter as an ode to the neighborhood central gathering place. Lincoln Park is special as it brings the community together and provides the opportunity to enjoy nature in the middle of the city. Lincoln Park is a safe haven no matter a person’s age, race, or background. It’s a place to gather for festivals, picnics, and farmers markets. Its calming presence is always available for all to enjoy.


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