To Fly a Kite

By MIMI MORIARTY
Posted 7/11/19

You must conjure up wind as you do languageno wind, no kite flying

you must inspire the wind to pour over the lakeslam into the yard

until the kite sails with its own ambition its love for …

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To Fly a Kite

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You must conjure up wind as you do language
no wind, no kite flying

you must inspire the wind to pour over the lake
slam into the yard

until the kite sails with its own ambition
its love for flight unlocked

there you are holding it by a string
its red wings flickering like a tanager

its rainbow tail flapping as the years have flapped by
deep irony on a day at the lake

with grandchildren numb with joy
they too young to call it their own century

too milk-fed to be stilled in disappointment
they know today

and the promise of a campfire tonight
they know wind and a kite

but they have yet to encounter
shuttered windows, slammed doors

as yet no words to break the kite’s spirit
as it soars.

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