Unattached — Poetry by Leah Mueller

Semaphore Magazine

Your father always said

you had to let go of the kite

when the afternoon of kite flying was over.

You had to watch it ascend erratically

above the trees, then drift over

towards Lake Michigan

with a new sense of purpose,

hit a wind draft, and disappear.

It was probably just laziness

on your father’s part, a refusal

to spend the time gently pulling

on the string, reeling the kite in

and then folding it up

to be used on another day.

You never questioned this, though,

and your parents mouthed platitudes

about nothing ever lasting,

and you can always purchase something new,

and that it was best to be like a kite.

It was too early for anybody

to worry about the environment,

if you were tired of something

you just threw it on the ground

or you let it fly over your head

and miraculously cease to…

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