Jumping out of Swings (for Esther R.)

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“Jumping out of Swings” (for Esther R.)

When you jump out of a
Swing
Your stomach rises as you do
Hovers
As the sand
Hovers
Hanging below you
Then rushing up
Slow at first
Faster
Fast
If you’ve jumped high enough
Really leapt
Out over the playground
Higher than houses
Or airplanes
Then you come down hard
Into the
Sand
Rushing up
Swallowing your feet
Pressing up into your bent knees
Pulling your hands and face
Down into the sun-heated grit
Getting up again
Laughing the sand
Out of your
Mouth
Dusting the sand off your
Hard knees
Getting old is like that
Stomach not quite under control
The land rushing up
Slow at first
Faster
Fast
Not laughing so much now
As you cough the
Sand
Out of your mouth
Getting harder to stand back up
From the dust
Swallowing your feet

February 9, 2017

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