Weegee: Escape from the Heat
Written By: Aaron Fischer
Someone’s taken a wrench to city property.
Someone’s forced open a fire hydrant,
so the water’s brilliant jet arcs and glints,
falling on the kids in the street, the skinny
boys in their briefs, the girls in sneakers
and frocks—a few, hair shampooed with kerosene
and coarse-grained soap to kill the lice,
some with heads shaved to cure scabies.
This is how Weegee saw happiness,
these spray-shrouded children moving
almost too fast for the camera, looking nothing
like his shots of cops and corpses—
hard-edged as facts—as if joy were tenuous,
impossible to hold in focus.
About the Author
Photo Credit: Anna Fischer
Aaron Fischer lives and works in New Jersey where he is an online editor for a politics and public-policy website. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Blue Lyra, Hudson Review, Redactions and Third Wednesday, and have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He’s recently completed “Black Stars of Blood,” a chapbook based on the work of Weegee, the New York news photographer of the ’30s and ’40s.