This poem is taken from Stand 221, 17(1) March - May 2019.

Sonia Jarema Three Poems
Flying lessons

A man with a cut-throat scar offers
             peanuts to children and adults gathered
under the trees in Kensington Gardens.
             He shows us how to hold out our arms
like we could fly and to cup our hands
             ever so slightly. A woman flings out
her arms and her husband says, ‘You look
             like you are about to be crucified!’ 
The birds won’t land on her. The leaves are still
             fresh and tender. On the tree, you can 
hardly make the birds out. The parakeet
             grips my hand with its clawed feet as it eats.
We thank the man but he nods,
             smiles and says it’s his duty.

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