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::poem:: Swinging

Swinging

Do you remember

swinging in the summer?


The deep, strong heat of the sun,

The wind whispering across the skin of your legs,

pumping

to swing higher

and higher?

Feet tucking back firmly under your behind,

Cuddled neatly inside the wide warm black rubber band of a seat,

Snapping forward at the last possible moment

Straining to propel your body forward

faster

toes achingly pointed to the sky -

your heart’s destination -

The pale mirage of the moon hanging

ghostlike

In the corn flower blue sky?


Back and forth you swung,

Didn’t you?


Repetitive droning rhythm building steadily

Lulling you into serenity of speed and wind and blurring of the world around you

Until suddenly

At the top of this arcing forward

hanging

suspended

midair

motionless.



Time explodes into smithereens.

Your consciousness

Streams forth

Extending beyond the confines of your body

In billowing

fluid

streams

of silken

nothingness[otherness]

Blanketing the park,

And the roads beyond,

And the fields beyond that -

With the flowers open wide and basking happily in the sun.


The invisible arms of your soul

Embrace the whole world

In the moment that you are on top of it,

And you know the connectedness of all things -

the permeable nature of perceived boundaries -

Until with a whoosh and an exhale

Unexpected

You drop back

[plop]

Into your seat and tumble back towards the earth

Shrieking

And screaming

Gleeful and grievous at once

Flying backwards at full speed

Full of calculated intent

to do it again

do it again.


Do you remember?




melanie gillespie

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