Bright Air & Ashes

It catches me sometimes

when I’m unaware, when I 

step out to feel the warmth

on my face, to hear the birds,

the bright air in full sun

that tastes of dirt and light,

like the earth after a blue-sky

rain — the taste of childhood.

That scent takes me to swings

and trees, to my Lemon Twist

and Big Wheel; those days

we ran our neighborhood

and every mother gave us

Kool-Aid and Popsicles.

We knew the schoolyard

after-hours as much as our

learned days spent looking

at chalk dust and sitting on

hard chairs, all those hours

we hung from monkey-bars,

hopscotched, sang out 

Red-rover, and, inevitably, 

all fell down.

—C.L. Fisher, October 2020

Unless otherwise indicated, all content, including writing and images, are the work of C.L. Fisher and may not be copied, used, or distributed without permission.

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