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Flowers on the Playground
by Wm. Eric Hammond

Thursday, October 18, 2007
Rated "PG" by the Author.
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Blackgown sits beneath the old oak
and finds an eight-year-old:
a girl this year,
with a high brow, like hers,
and auburn hair, like his...
long hair flying wildly as she runs
from monkey bars to swings
squealing joyfully -
a tropical bird taking flight.

Blackgown names her Magdalene...
Magdalene Rose.
And smiles proudly
at her pulsing energy,
infectious smile -
a frenetic billboard
for wonderful tomorrows.
Purple toes touch the clouds
as the swing's chains jerk and rattle.

The illusion ripples
and reality rushes through.
The chains of her freedom
tighten, cold and jagged,
pulling earthward.
She staggers up,
stooped and quivering,
and listens to the bird call
a last time.

Blackgown, inhaling the bouquet,
lays the roses
and daisies and baby's breath
on the old stump by the gate,
and leaves, empty-handed.

Children screech, swoop and swirl,
flowers in auburn hair,
petals in the wind.

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Reviewed by blue soplain 12/6/2007
such brusque stopstill images; like heavy heartbeats...the fragmented and formal effect of syntax adds a tilt to the mind of the character.. .a there but vanishing haze of yester. ..
Reviewed by J. Donald Coonrod 10/31/2007
Hi (guessing it's Bill), I liked this poem a lot. Contemporary and some very nice imagery. Am a bit rushed now but will have to read your othr postings. You said you're unpublished, but your work would be very welcome at Coffee Press Journal where I've published a number of poems. Take a look at it ( It's nicely laid out, and the editor, Jim Brown, is a great guy. My own experience is that unless one is a budding genius in poetry, sites like Coffee Press Journal are a godsend. I've been lucky with some other journals but find it depressing to look at the acceptance rates of good sites in the publication entitled "Poet's Market" (an annual paper back you can buy in any book store or on the web). Of course, writing poetry is a reward in itself, but getting it published is the icing on the cake that we need once in awhile. All the best, Don.
Reviewed by Chuck Keller 10/29/2007
Another wonderful effort. I enjoy your descriptive talent and look forward to reading more of your work. Keep writing.
Reviewed by David Hightower 10/29/2007
Enjoyed the vivid imagery. Very interesting poem. I'll be back to read it again. - David

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