Before The Wind

1st day

going to kindergarten

It’s a small thing
your sneakers unlaced
the hole in your hand-me-down jeans
that bunch at your ankles
like paper bags.
No matter;

you march up the steps to school
and don’t look back.
with the unmatched mittens
you drag three favorite dragons.
Your hat, a small crooked flag on your head
signals arrival.
On your shirt
the clipper ship under canvas
sails boldly into blue
like you at five years old
how you take each day

sail boat

-Carol Burnes


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