The blue sky was leaping

over the clouds

like a teenager on crutches,

swinging the sticks ahead

and then catching his britches

which were sliding off

his narrow hips

so that his lavender shorts

with the puffy cotton frogs

began to show.

Lois Marie Harrod’s 13th and 14th poetry collections, Fragments from the Biography of Nemesis and the chapbook How Marlene Mae Longs for Truth appeared in 2013. She lives in Hopewell and teaches creative writing at the College of New Jersey.

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