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After video chatting with my dad

Today I saw you
with a delay of three seconds,
beamed in pixels,
from so many miles away.

The distance became close
for just a second
when I struggled
to read your lips.

After video chatting with my dad

More breakable with distance


When I taught you
at eight to ride
a bicycle, loping along
beside you
as you wobbled away
on two round wheels,
my own mouth rounding
in surprise when you pulled
ahead down the curved
path of the park,
I kept waiting
for the thud
of your crash as I
sprinted to catch up,while you grew
smaller, more breakable
with distance,
pumping, pumping
for your life, screaming
with laughter,
the hair flapping
behind you like a
handkerchief waving
goodbye.

More breakable with distance

A possible enemy inside

Directions to the Armorer
By: Elder Olson

All right, armorer,
Make me a sword –
Not too sharp,
A bit hard to draw,
And of cardboard, preferably.
On second thought, stick
An eraser on the handle.
Somehow I always
Clobber the wrong guy.
Make me a shield with
Easy-to-change
Insignia. I’m often
A little vague
As to which side I’m on,
What battle I’m in.
And listen, make it
A trifle flimsy,
Not too hard to pierce.
I’m not absolutely sure
I want to win.

A possible enemy inside