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Wednesday, July 3, 2019 12:01 am

family memory poem # 11

family memory poem # 11

my niece jackie jo maybe seven  
riding with parents sister headed
toward a northern wisconsin lake
jackie held her red swim suit  
out the window it flapped in the  
breeze “if you drop that” warned  
her dad “we wont stop to pick it up”
the inevitable occurred she dropped
it despite screams sobs her father
did not stop jackie spent the week  
swimming in her underwear but  
homeward as they drove through
a village her father said “isn’t this  
about where jackie dropped her  
suit?” they peered out the window  
there it lay scrunched against the
dusty curb urban flotsam her father   
braked while daughter snatched the
intact item the back seat was now
a hysteria of incredulous roiling joy

2019 Jacqueline Jackson

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