Winter 1999 • Vol. XXI No. 1 Poetry |

Up and Down

1. A Magnet Since she was two, it had held up her endon the door of the fridge: a plywood magnet stampedwith the finger-painted imprint of her hand.Essence-of-kid, all cheerfulness, in a purenursery red, it stood for her signatureand seemed, back then, to raise itself in greeting. When was it that it started to wave good-bye?One day some sort of scrap it had always keptin lofty view—report card, shopping list,snapshot of somebody's new baby—slippedwith it, cinematically, down the doorlike a climber's grip, failing along a rock face. —Demagnetized, of course, by the very yearsthat made her real hands strong. I've placed it high,supporting nothing weightier than itself,against that time I'd sense in me a faintergrasp on the little girl who never crossedthe street without my finger in her fist.  2. A Swing A rope swing, hung from a tree—   and you've easily gone a mileby now, your arc of flight   retracing a broad smileas you swoop down to me.  

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