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10 Years Old, I Miss You

by Britt Zimmerman

10 years old
turning cartwheels on the beach
my pre-adolescent body barely filling out my bikini
and you with your chicken legs and bony chest
We spoke of flying
how we knew we had the magic to do it.

10 years old
hand in hand at the pier
our long runway to bluer skies

On your mark
Get set

We flew like the wind
bare feet slapping against the slippery wood
Past fishermen and families
to leap off of the edge

You, being a boy, jumped higher than I
And I watched in amazement
as you grasped the sun with both hands

And I watched you disintegrate before my eyes
And I lost the magic
plummeting down to water below.

And as I fell I caught a glimpse
of your soul dancing in the flames

Now I find myself staring
directly into the sun
watching you dance
until I can no longer stand the burning of my cornea

And I am blind for a week
and so I sleep
the sand and salt water mixing in my eyes
And we are 10 years old again
turning cartwheels
and speaking of flying
to bluer skies...


Posted on 05/29/2002
Copyright © 2024 Britt Zimmerman

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Morgan D Hafele on 01/23/03 at 08:36 PM

it's funny how when we're younger the bluer skies seem easier to attain, until ofcourse we hit the water. i like very much.

Posted by Charlie Morgan on 04/08/03 at 03:16 PM

...hey, i saw you two playing ... delightful word pictures ... we're all lil' boys and girls with older ages ... good work. chaz

Posted by Dave Fitzgerald on 05/19/09 at 01:28 PM

Congrats on POTD Britt!!!

Posted by Maude Curtis on 05/19/09 at 01:45 PM

congrats on POTD . great job. How I miss being 10 years old and my best friend Don and the things we would get nto.

Posted by Kris Mara on 05/19/09 at 03:57 PM

yes, amazing words here...I especially love this line "as you grasped the sun with both hands" -- it's a great visual.

Posted by A. Paige White on 05/19/09 at 08:16 PM

"hand in hand at the pier
our long runway to bluer skies"
These were my favorite lines. Congrats on POTD! This poem was a wonderful time machine. I enjoyed you 10 year olds...

Posted by Morgan D Hafele on 05/20/09 at 01:03 AM

wow! i haven't read this piece in i don't know how long. i think i like it even better now than i did before. so awesome that you got potd! this makes me glad i actually signed in today.

Posted by Quentin S Clingerman on 05/20/09 at 01:39 AM

Congratulations on POTD - May 19, 2009. This very symbolic piece challenges both the mind and the emotions.

Posted by Philip F De Pinto on 07/06/11 at 01:53 PM

an ode at once glorious and inspiring cartwheels in me.

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