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Wings
by Nancy Stephan
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Rated "G" by the Author.
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Wings

 

They told me I was going to make a movie.

So that morning, I dressed in my blue

seersucker romper that tied at each shoulder

before they called me out into the back yard.

 

“No, Honey.  Go back in and come out slowly.

And smile at the camera.”

 

So I came out slowly

smiling at the camera

and made my way down

by the small, inflatable pool.

 

“Wave for the camera, Pumpkin.  Smile pretty.”

 

And from the corner of my eye

I could see a large, white

fluffiness drifting toward me.

 

“Oh look!  Here comes Goosey.

Wave to Goosey.”

 

And I waved at the goose,

who was inching closer

as if in slow motion, her head tilted

and that single pea of an eye

fixed on me.

 

“Look at the camera, Sunshine, and give

Goosey a pet.”

 

And when I reached out slowly to pet

the goose, she exploded in a haze

of wings and feathers, and I fell backwards

into the pool, and I could hear myself screaming

under water, and when I opened my eyes

I saw above me two distorted faces, their mouths

moving and four giant hands reaching in

to save me and for a second

a furious beating of white wings.

 

After dinner I was given five ginger snaps

and a cup of cream as appeasement.

I went to sleep that night, and to this day

I understand why dreams are opposed.

I understand how soaring is developed.

I understand why the goose had to be in the movie.

 

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Reviewed by La Belle Rouge Poetess Of The Heart 7/6/2011
Thoroughly enjoyed this it was so unique and well penned. A great slice of life poem.
Reviewed by Paul Judges 7/5/2011
I really enjoyed this one, Nancy
Reviewed by Shay White 7/4/2011
Such vivid imagery used to tell an important childhood lesson! Thanks for sharing.
Reviewed by Natosha Davis 6/29/2011
Quite thought provoking!! Thanks for sharing.



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