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Thursday, Jan. 27, 2005 04:38 pm

people's poetry 1-27-05

(For Sterling, age five)

He colors the Hulk
in bold and muscled green,
determined to stay within the lines.
He writes his name in struggled letters
across the page.
He reads now too —
Triceratops roar
and pythons slither off the page
into imagination.
He conquers monsters, armies, ninjas
With the bravado of a boy.

Still —
He presses his small, soft hand into
my care worn one —
He trusts that I
will see him safely home.

We ramble through the greening woods —
He runs
and hides
and climbs a stunted tree.
I call,
“Not so far,
so high,
so fast . . .”

So fast the years pass
and I am grown old.
Now he takes my small and gnarling hand
into his manly one —

I trust that he
will see me safely home.

— Sandra Kuizin McKenna

Sandra Kuizin McKinna teaches writing and literature at Millikin University in Decatur, and is a graduate of UIS. This poem, part of a collection she is working on called “Box of 64,” won an Excellence in Writing Award at the 2004 Santa Barbara Writer’s Conference.

People’s Poetry accepts poems on any subject, but ones that deal with issues of local interest are encouraged. Send yours to Books and Poetry Editor Corrine Frisch c/o Illinois Times, P.O. Box 5256, Springfield, IL 62705, or to cfrisch@illinoistimes.com with “People’s Poetry” in the subject line.

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