Margaret stories #1

This is Poem #25 – I was bereft of wifi yesterday…

About Margaret
She hated that hat
too tight too brown
too someone else’s head.
One afternoon
she threw it over a garden wall
held it by the thick felt brim
and flicked it flat
through cherry blossom air
frisbeed it
a whole long lifetime
before they were invented.
In 1940 she taught herself to drive
mastering the hill start
on ice, the Wey sluggish
in her rearview mirror.
Her limp was more mysteious
the story told in fragments
disordered – a bone set badly
the fall bounce scrape scream
down the sloping tunnel of the stairs
a shadowy cause
tight lipped at mention of her dad
a knowing look above a tea cup
enough said.

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About Jan Dean

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2 Responses to Margaret stories #1

  1. This is very good—extremely clear images. I loved the frisbee in particular.

  2. Jan Dean says:

    Ta. I’m in storytellling mode at the moment.

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