Flight of Lucidity

cheeks flush.
Her eyes are clear.
“Billy, look at that - it’s flying!”
We crane our necks so we can watch the
rainbow dot swoop and dip through the cobalt sky.
Mom sits up straighter and more alert in her wheelchair.
She is clutching the string with her swollen-knuckled fist.
“Oh Billy, look how high it is!  It’s really flying!”
Her voice is steady.  Strong.  Excited. Joyful.
There is no hint of her 80 plus years.
Warm winds swirl the gray hair
in and out of her face.
She giggles like
a schoolgirl.
I don’t have the heart
I’m not Billy. 

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jama said...

Love this -- initially impressed by the shape, and then so moved by the narrative. Beautifully done. Happy Mother's Day.

P.S. LOVE the dots! :)

Linda B said...

A good memory no matter what, Bridget, the happiness that you put into your mother's voice makes me smile. Happy Mother's Day.

Carol Varsalona said...

Bridget, a sense of glee is noted in the poem as the kite's words float into the sky-a lovely memory!

Joy said...

It is still a great poem. I hope you have a great Mother's Day weekend.

Violet N. said...

What a touching poem, Bridget. The shape gives it the sense of lightness and joy that make it happy, not sad. Well done! And Happy Mother's Day!

Sylvia Vardell said...

Hi, Bridget, thank you for sharing your heart-breaking, heart-lifting poem as part of this week's Poetry Friday round up!

Mary Lee said...

Heartbreaking, yet joy-filled!

Michelle Heidenrich Barnes said...

Oh Bridget. This has touched me so deeply today. Sylvia said it best– heart-lifting and heartbreaking. The dance of dementia.

Michelle Heidenrich Barnes said...

PS, Happy Mother's Day, beautiful one.

Bridget Magee said...

Thank you, Jama! =)

Bridget Magee said...

Thank you, Linda! This poem was actually gleaned from a scene I witnessed at local park. The woman in the wheelchair was so delighted by her kite. =)

Bridget Magee said...

Thank you, Carol! I was happy the kite shape translated to the computer screen. =)

Bridget Magee said...

Thanks, Joy! Wishing you all the best for your Mother's Day as well. =)

Bridget Magee said...

Thank you, Violet! Flying a kite can take you to a different time in your life... =)

Bridget Magee said...

Thank you, Sylvia, for hosting and sharing the poetry love. =)

Bridget Magee said...

Thank you, Mary Lee! I think that sums up a lot of relationships, "heartbreaking, yet joy-filled". =)

Bridget Magee said...

Thank you, dear Michelle! Heart lifting is what I aim for in poetry - at least on some level. Happy Mother's Day to you! =)

GatheringBooks said...

How did you manage it to look like this? Apart from the superb layout, there is that heartwrenching twist in the end. Beautifully done.

Bridget Magee said...

Thank you, Myra! I wrote the poem in Word and then cut and pasted it onto my blog - I don't think the blog formatting would have worked out so well. =)

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