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M a r y   B u c h i n g e r









a little girl stands

beside an arching tree


looks up points 

that one    please Grandma


innocence    the red core

of improvisation


both actors here swing

vigorous on the hinge


of yearning    a mother

would never    too practical


busy    but a   grandmother

knows    vulnerability    again


falls for   that one   please

desire so exact


fitting within a single skin

and thus    a chair gets pulled


from the patio   its four thin legs

meant for stone   not this


this soft   apple-pocked   earth

steaming wasps

copyright 2014 by Mary Buchinger

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