Wayne Burke – Snapshot, 1958

Snapshot, 1958

The sound of the rain — its patter and drip

is as soothing as being held in my father’s grip

above his head as he lies face-up on the ground,

my mother sitting at a picnic table in the background.

My father has a white t-shirt on and is looking at me

while I soar at the ends of his arms, a turkey-shaped bundle,

in the air, looking ahead.

Bio: Wayne Burke has had work published recently in Boston Review, FORGE, and Bareback.

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