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Poetry by Robert Stone: Playing near at hand

Playing near at hand: a sonnet for Aaliah on her eighth birthday
To go both back and forth I need a swing
that takes me far away from standing still,
while feeling safe as hands each tightly cling
but not completely free from dangerís thrill.

To go first up then down I seesaw need
that always brings me back to starting place
while upward longings upward sooner plead
but not so swift as safety to outpace.

To go a-round I need a merry-go-
that spins me off into another world
while dizzying delights most madly flow
but not enough to leave me baby curled.

No lovelier a day than boxing sand
with loving people playing near at hand.
~ Robert Stone, 7 September 2017

This story was posted on 2017-09-08 02:44:56
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