Rocking - Poem by Glen Kappy

Boy on a swing
perhaps fourteen?
back and forth
and back and forth
and singing as he does it.
There through summer
and rocking now—
alone—always there alone.

Middle school boy
in class last week—
new to the school
and new to English—
blind boy rocking
back and forth
and back and forth
slight smile on his lips
and listening? or just amused
at his own thoughts?

Outsized Paul
a high school junior
blind and gifted
with voice to awe
his school assembly
and hormones and rocking
that try the reins
of his control.

Rocking babies.
Rocking chairs.
Does our rocking
match our heartbeats?

What do we need
to make us ready?
What do we need
to face the world?

Boy on a swing
perhaps fourteen?
just by himself and rocking
and singing as he does it.

Poems by Glen Kappy

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