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LAce Posted Monday, August 3rd, 2009
First Steps
Jennifer Wieland

first steps
are the hardest.
five years old on the jungle gym
desperate to slide down
the fireman's pole.
hands grip it
sweaty, slippery;
toes in dusty sneakers wrap around;
just can't quite get the other foot
to let go
and leap.

feeling lost
driving through buildings, construction, orange, blinking,
same way, every day.
yellow SUV
parked outside the Souperman
delivering (I guess)
bisques and stews.
never stopped though
to try.

orange vespa, orange helmet
blazes out on the cross-street
(no doubt)
of first steps.

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