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Red Umbrella

June 13, 2007

From 3rd House Journal, July 25, 2005

Red umbrella

Bright spot of shade
sanguine against the blue –
What does it hide?

My mother licks her dripping cone
blissfully oblivious.
Soon she’ll be whisked
from her beloved shores
carried away
as under a red balloon
kicking wildly, angry as Mars.

Meanwhile I veil myself
in vacant smiles
hold my breath, submersed
in blue, cold as Sedna
beneath an upended
red canoe.

by Leslee

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  1. June 14, 2007 at 11:47 am

    Leslee — I somehow missed this first time round.

    I love it — so many red echoes.

  2. June 15, 2007 at 9:25 am

    I do remember this well, and how much I liked it first time around, and am happy to read it again. So simple-seeming, but I can read it over and over, being drawn to something different each time. And each time, of course, the image of angry, kicking legs disrupts uncomfortably, whilst still playfully evoking kids playing on the beach.

  3. June 16, 2007 at 6:04 pm

    Excellent – powerful & evocative.

  4. June 17, 2007 at 9:56 pm

    Thanks, Pica, Jean and Dick! Ai, I remember this viscerally and the ripples still go forward. Sigh. I hope after I move I’ll have more time to write again (2 hours *not* commuting!).

  5. June 18, 2007 at 2:12 pm

    Beautiful! Congratulations!

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