swingset

..

are we there yet? she says
againandagainandagainandagain
and finally we are, and she
runs for the highest one
(of course)
and says
push me mama
and i do and her feet
touch the trees and the clouds
and the very blue face of the sky.

she’s two, and i can still
hold her with one arm and
half my brain and my whole whole
heart and then i blink

(boom: decade later)

and it takes more heart
than i’ve got and both arms
(and both worn knees)
and we aren’t quite there
yet, and she’s the one
pushing, but

oh

how i hope those feet
reach past all these
clouds
………and fly.

 

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Prompted by Poetic Asides

 

 

 

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9 Responses to swingset

  1. Point your toes at  a star !

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    From:”Whimsygizmo’s Blog” Date:Thu, Dec 10, 2015 at 6:36 PM Subject:[New post] swingset

    whimsygizmo posted: “.. are we there yet? she says againandagainandagainandagain and finally we are, and she runs for the highest one (of course) and says push me mama and i do and her feet touch the trees and the clouds and the very blue face of the sky. she’s”

  2. So very touching and beautiful.

  3. Candy says:

    oh De, this took my breat away!

  4. Misky says:

    This is beautifully done. I love it.

  5. AgainandagainAndagain line reminds me of Anne Sexton’s. This was a warm fuzzie.

  6. pH says:

    Pure magic, De. Every mother can related to this. Really makes me want to treasure my last 2-year-old. 🙂 Even as my oldest is now 13! It’s wild having kids at ages spanning such a wide range.

  7. Marie Elena says:

    Oh, De … touching, creatively penned (as though you couldn’t), and I can too-well relate. A WOW.

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