Put It Together

Balsa wood airplane
Flat in the package
Put it together
Flimsy and doesn’t fly well
If it does remarkably fly across the room or yard
“Ooh” and “Aah” in wonder
Then the craft sits in a drawer
Or on a shelf (an imaginary hangar?)
Unremembered
Distant friendship

 

Heaven or hell?
Is that it?
Final victory left to
Minty fresh breath coated with fluoride
Or
The scourge of a mouth of stinking rot.

 

Maybe you are acquainted with despair
An unruly affliction
My neighbor comes to borrow
Sugar
Ketchup
Milk
I wonder, “will she ever go to the grocery?”

Coincidence

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