'ON THE GROUND LOOKING UP' by Kenneth Pobo
My husband says, “When we met
I saw you fly.” I used to fly often.
Now I drink warm Ovaltine and play
Canasta with Mrs. Pritchard next door.
She still doesn’t believe that I
could fly. It’s OK. Logical.
she did well in high school geometry,
can prove a triangle is a triangle.
I’ve been in a few triangles
and they are rivers. A glint
of moonlight makes them overflow
their banks. It’s not my husband’s
fault that I no longer fly.
One day I just stopped.
I might start it again, maybe
take off from Mrs. Pritchard’s roof.
I miss clouds. For now,
I stay on the ground. Roots dig
into it, and voila, a dahlia
opens a red castle.
Copyright. Kenneth Pobo.
Kenneth Pobo is the author of twenty-one chapbooks and nine full-length collections. Recent books include Bend of Quiet (Blue Light Press), Loplop in a Red City (Circling Rivers), and Uneven Steven (Assure Press). Opening is forthcoming from Rectos Y Versos Editions. Lavender Fire, Lavender Rose is forthcoming from Brick/House Books.