Poem: “Franklin’s kite”

franklin kite

Like I suppose Columbus held

while he sailed the ocean blue,

I try to rediscover you with

a brass compass.

Like I’ve seen Gandhi wear,

while nonviolently battling the Brits,

I battle old photos through clear

round gold frames.

Like I learned da Vinci designed,

in between the helicopter and scuba gear,

on my wall waiting for you to return

is a painfully accurate clock.

Like we were taught Hancock wielded

to sweep his name on the Declaration,

on my desk is a pen that I’ve used

to denounce my independence.

Like I know Franklin used

when he discovered electricity,

I have a key and a string and a kite

that I send up daily like a beacon

to let you know that

I’m still here.

Please check out my book of fiction and poetry, “Songs you can’t dance to”: http://www.amazon.com/Songs-You-Cant-Dance-ebook/dp/B00ATQW5XK

copyright 2012 Steven Harz

3 Comments Add yours

  1. Nice, Steven. To me it is very unusual connecting, and I enjoyed its uniqueness. One thing, though: it should read ‘to denounce’. Cheers and good to know you.

    1. stevenharz says:

      holy cow! thanks for picking that up Shers!!

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