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  Big Boy World
by Odin Roark
Sunday, August 19, 2012
Rated "PG" by the Author.

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I often wonder why reading the Sunday morning NY Times is such a ritual for some of us… such a wake-up call for our often anesthetized senses.

Big Boy World

The old Mason jar
Its walls of prison quality glass
Its floor of arid yellow survival
Once fresh pinched grass so green
A conqueror's lair
A little boy's water boarding power of another kind

The hunt
Desolate expanses of milk weed
Abandoned vehicles
Sun baked tire treads
Cast aside wagons
Their glory red
Now rust tainted
Discarded fields of memory
All awaiting tomorrow's
Afternoon cloud burst
Or a carelessly thrown match
A mall developer's land mover
Or maybe...

The capture
The hands cupped
Brought together
Like a sudden bellows closing
A hollow cave imploding
On the ears of the ensnared
Laughable to the players
Deafening to the captor

The prideful imprisonment
The locust's rights dutifully stripped
Our superior principal of compassion
The moral conscience taught in Sunday School
Quickly manifest upon lids of jars
Carried out by hammer and nail
For without air holes
Suffering might succumb
Rendering life
Short lived

Grown ups always patting our heads
Encouraging we stay innocent
Not to grow up so fast
Reminding us how fleeting childhood was

How we learned
What's another locust
Soon enough forgotten?

Warm oatmeal cookies and milk
Always awaited Mommy's little soldiers
So cared for
Primed perfectly
For expectant rewards
For misunderstanding pain



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Reviewed by Budd Nelson 8/19/2012
you allow each of us to wander down this memory lane with our own reminisances of youth and exploartion into good and evil, thank you
Reviewed by Ronald Hull 8/19/2012
Reminds me of the book I never wrote, Snips, Snails, and Puppy Dog Tales, of the nasty things we did as a child, playing, helping us learn what was right and wrong. Thanks for reminding me of a time of innocence when we didn't know that capturing little creatures like baby rabbits and overfeeding them would result in a painful, bloated death.


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