Thursday, February 23, 2017

Unglued

 My desert garden needs a touch of personality.

I'll make dinosaurs, fun for my kids to look at,
and superglue them to the rocks
or they will shatter in clumsy hands.
I take my birthday clay and shape
my first,
a megasaurus:
long tail, head sideways, claws curled.
Each time I set him to dry I must reattach
a limb.
An arm fell off, a leg, his head.
Then for shaping, peeling off the extra,
smooth with gentlest sponge.
Claws fall off.
Well, I can paint over that.
Right?
Set him to dry, two weeks this time.
Hue lightens as he ages, terra cotta to vague gray.
All in one piece,
he looks as good as my imagination.
Take him down to paint.
I'll make this a fun activity,
earn good Mommy points,
so I pull out a lesser statue for the boys.
Leave the room to retrieve the paint.
Crash.
Tattling: "My brother broke it."
Dinosaur is in pieces.
Broken.
I put him on the shelf,
say I'm sad but do not yell,
earn good Mommy points.
Later, send them outside.
Superglue his arms, a leg, his head.
Cracks remain, and pieces too small for the glue.
I can paint over that, right?
Begin to paint.
Nudge his head.
Head falls off.

Scream at the universe:
"I am having a bad day!"

Wonder, is there some Meaning,
a parable in this tale?
I am the statue trying to fit the ideal,
sometimes coming unglued
or losing my head.
I retreat, let the frustration dry.
Later I'll get the glue
and try again.


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