by Will Shade

The Keds-stubbed grass, toy trucks without wheels,

and Band-aids threaded in the sand…

Most parenting is vigilance.

Seconds ahead of its own sound,


a passenger jet spears the heights

not far above the treetops,

drowning the traffic and playground cries

till the action stops


and children stand transfixed.

Some learn the word early, some late,

But all acknowledge its import.

The mommies chat real estate.