reading The Weekly Reader hot off the press
take one and pass it back
(with color illustrations, graphs)
the childsize news in brief;
the smell of newsprint like a kind of faith.
even if we weren't the hall monitors
the sugar plums in the play
we still had our allowance
for the book fairs in late may
like a renaissance on parade
so they seem to me, looking back
a lavish pagentry
or later ordering from the summer magazines
four paperbacks for a dollar choose carefully
like holiday candy sight unseen
but with thrilling pint sized blurbs
will you have orange, or raspberry creams?
imagine this adventure under leafy trees...
the high seas, the treasure kidnapped
Jane Eyre, when the lightning struck the oak
or rainsoaked on the road to who knows what...
while sipping lemonade or wearing your plastic shades
with rhinestones purchased at the five and dime.
could later riches ever measure up in Time
I would have thought had I been cognizant
in percale at the jr. high graduation
gardenias in my hair.
in a dress of cutwork percale
still dreaming it all up.
mary angela douglas 21 march 2017