Kiting

— Diane Moomey

My skies have not seen kites since ones
we flew at ten, at twelve.
We climbed the hill above the creek—snow
might still be on the north sides of boulders—climbed
beyond the boggy cow pasture.
Holsteins looked on with mild
interest.

We lay on our backs—
after the first run into wind,
playing out cheap cotton string,
not too fast, waiting for
the first tug, would it hold?
It held, always held, that string.
Holding the balsa tip, awaiting the grab
of wind, the thin paper bellying,
our shouts pushing it up—
we lay on our backs in the tall grass.

Rolling hills—today’s, mine—ocean hills:
so very green in winter, so ochre in summer,
so nearly bare—a copse or two, a cow
or two—hills empty and round and crying
for kites but bare of kites.
Quite bare of kites, children in my world
do not kite.

Then,
mine was blue, my brother’s yellow
with tails long and majestically multi patterned:
strips from dishtowels worn through.
String all the way out, surely above the stratosphere by now.

We lay upon our backs, thrilled
to thoughts of sudden lightning, talked
about whether clouds could see us.

One thought on “Kiting

  1. I’ve read this poem at least three times, and at every read, I am uplifted; I feel the wind through my hair. This poem has the sweetness of a childhood memory, the warmth of a summer afternoon, and gentle ease of breeze and kite-flying. Thank you, Diane, for sharing!

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