Paper and Plastic
A child creates a tower from multi-colored
blocks. Yellow, black, red, white, blue,
assorted other color bricks: a rainbow monolith
standing straight, solid
The child folds an airplane
from brown hand-writing
paper that they gave out in school. The wings: uneven,
the left bigger than the right.
noise: lips buzzing together, creating
noise like a dragonfly
's wings, the paper strikes plastic.
"BAM!" the child yells, scaring Mother
in the kitchen,
who bakes cookies with U.S. flag
s drawn with icing.
Child breaks the tower where the airplane struck,
transforms into a man in imagination, heading
down, slow motion
, guided by the child's fingers.
"Oh GOD! OH GOD!" yelling again, in another voice,
deeper. A foot above the ground, the child lets go;
the brick falls without ceremony
but with a narrated "Splat!"
The child surveys the destruction
, picks up the blocks,
placing them back in the bucket with solemninity;
missing only one behind the La-Z-Boy
, which Mother
will step on while carrying a tray of cookies, their brown
moist goodness covered with stars and stripes, betrayed
and made to fall by their cousins, and eaten by the dog