milky way

more than
30 years ...
a thorny road 
brings me here,
endless future

the water shoot
grows taller
fresh rose buds

is there 
an air pocket?
high up in the sky
free flight

starling murmuration
the playground 
empty now

a vortex 
revolves around 
sleeping cat 
on top of the slide

backyard sprinkler
grandchildren jump
over the jets


Mariko Kitakubo
     Deborah P Kolodji