SNOW CHILDREN PLAYING WITH BLOCKS



Boy Stepping In and Out of Snow





HIGH CAMP

Out of wind, off the cliff.
No necessary turns to stay out of trees.
No holding those hands on knees
against one's best judgment.
No turning that uphill ski
into that straight into danger
down the mountain line.
Here it's hot chocolate and peanut butter.

Jim Bodeen
23 January 2011





SNOW FIELD

Parade, City of God, Kid's Castle.
This looks like children playing with blocks.
A fancy grocery list. What it is.
Kids playing with blocks.
Magic carpet, platter, and chairlifts--
swinging children up the mountain.

Jim Bodeen
23 January 2011



Mountain Down Dreaming





MY FAMILY MARCHING

Nothing soft about this walk for my daughters
marching with their daughters, talking with the one son
before the march, laying out the story
until fear crosses his vision leaving the house.
Legacy of this house: a family still carrying a dream
before the threshold of the Dollar Store.
Carrying signs old and new, reading between dream lines.
Nothing settled in our town, simmering,
while ICE agents prepare to strike in Ellensburg.

Jim Bodeen
23 January 2011


LIKE THE OTHER GIRLS

Grandma dresses us
dancing with the girls of the world
Mama talks to us in whirling tip toe steps
We know more than one word
for the same thing  So many kids
can say it only one way
We know this  We want to dance
with those other girls
the ones with snapping castanets
twirling through forests of mariachi music

Jim Bodeen
23 January 2011


















SAMMY IN SAMMYLAND AFTER THE MARCH


Listening to drums, Sammy takes my pen
and notebook. I thought
I was supposed to be the fish
for my children.
The parable feeds strangers
from many tables.

O Children Turned Into Fish,
O God Of All Surprises, children
turned into food for the world
feed some wicked appetites.
You are the Trickster of all Tricksters,
God Full of Buckle and Break,
God of all Grand Children.

Jim Bodeen
23 January 2011







Achievement, Confidence, and Play in the Natural World,
Along with Short Commentary on Adult Constructs.

1 comment:

  1. what a celebration of photos and family. kjm

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