Thursday, June 20, 2013


I push through
Memories of my own childhood
Scanning the playground
Where students
Like colorful bobbing balloons
Race and run
High on dreams
Of summer vacation
And suddenly I see her
‘Pink tee-shirt monkey
Dangling from the jungle-gym
Her blonde hair streaming in the
Three-o’clock sun
Her teacher and I
Touch glances
As her
Scattered, flamboyant personality
Studies the strangeness
Of an
Up-side down

© Janet Martin

Yesterday I attended my daughter's annual June picnic at her school. While her teacher and I chatted and discussed the year suddenly we both spotted her swinging up-side down from the top of the soccer-net  as if to testify to our amusements and frustrations of a carefree, scatterbrained Victoria.

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