Free Play

byAngeline©

Twilight shadowing west,
even the willow looks tired.
I've mellowed to a calmer state,
teeter tottering to acceptance.

You smile,
I'm up tilted
over the playground,
swinging toward freedom
from those depths. A minute
shifts the world, word, face
turns to the other side of real

and bumps dirt, stones again,
like a sliding board with rust--
you won't slip straight through,
but scratch down part way,

or you go around, around.
Someone spins the wheel,
crazy running, sky twists
into kaleidoscope shards.
Dizzy. You want to oh just
jump off, catch bearings.

Some kids can go straight
across the monkey bars,
hand to hand in smooth
self-propelled ride, settling
feet first, striding to evening.

Luna smiles like your mom,
who calls, you come Schwinning
home to dinner, bath, bed, story,
kiss, a safe goodnight.

Did you ever wish
to close your eyes
and wake up 8 again?

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