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Backyard Universe

by Anne Di Baguette

It's very late - though
we don't know it -
for two so young.

Shadows are host
to legions of unborn
friendships. We direct
their conception
with the seriousness
only four-year-olds
can muster

and we are naked,
our small toes curl
in new grass.
Our movements
attest no knowledge
of a lack in anything.

A string of lights, white,
is a backdrop of stars
against sun-weathered wood.
We're painting roadways,
connecting continents
on a dusty Palmdale patio.

Exchanging roles and kisses easily
our minds not yet expanded
to include limits
beyond bedtime.


Posted on 11/03/2008
Copyright © 2022 Anne Di Baguette

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Michelle Angelini on 11/03/08 at 12:21 AM

Andi, welcome back! Writing this from the pov of 4 yr olds brings back the way we felt when we were young, but in adult roles is a real split. I like your imagery and the use of unexpected words. I love the 4th stanza - what an image you have there before returning to the 4 year old mind in the 5th stanza.

Posted by Kristina Woodhill on 11/04/08 at 03:41 AM

"Our movements attest no knowledge of a lack in anything." - such a fine capture of this age.

Posted by Philip F De Pinto on 11/08/08 at 12:34 PM

glad to know your quill as yet has the ability to stir and whip up aureoles o'er my soul.

Posted by Michele Schottelkorb on 12/01/08 at 06:01 AM

I cannot believe this is five years past... The imagery in this brings deep tears to my eyes... I love this so much...

Posted by Kristina Woodhill on 08/14/09 at 03:11 PM

Great to see this as POTD!

Posted by Morgan D Hafele on 06/26/10 at 02:59 AM

as if i didn't want to be a kid again enough as it is. really fantastic piece.

Posted by V. Blake on 11/07/10 at 04:46 AM

I have not read you before, Anne, but this will certainly not be the last time I do so. I was really intrigued from the get-go after that title, and you didn't disappoint.

And, just in case you care, I don't think you need the apostrophe in "Shadow's."

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