Consolation Prizes

The warmth of the spring sun on the face allow veins to show through eyelids.

A football helmet allows flight from

The safety of a Sears and Roebuck jungle gym.

A paratroopers swing

grass-ward for war and popsicles.

A tickle of grass on the neck

and watching clouds

prompts wonder.

Was it June bug or July fly?

A fleeting thought of where

Dad was that moment,

when he would be home,

and had he been gone

long enough to warrant

a really cool present on his return?

Something cool.

Not some stupid T-shirt

from some fake golf tournament designed as a cover for high stakes poker, and call girls serving…

Drinks.

The warmth of the spring sun on the face allow veins to show through eyelids.

Bartender, get me another.

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