swing set on West 9th
for Rain and Crystal

tall white chipped
rusted poles
      angle and reach
swings' silver chains
            spark and shine
clinks and clunks of 
      metal
   mix with the laughs of two
      golden haired girls
               brown arms and 
            legs
                        flying

teeter totter
      tilts to time and
time again they
      jump on
            ride to the sun

smiling dolls hugged
   into the love seató
            give'm a push
               sway
                     push
         sway

little yellow heads bounce
                  jump
            whirl 'round bars
then climb the ladder
   to overhead plums

      pluck'm

            then pop'm whole
               into tiny rose mouths

as they swing and point
those tiny bare feet
                  farther and
                              farther

      into the blue
                  illimitable
            summer sky


© 1996 Leslye Layne Russell


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