Kid by Design

Box of colored chalk in hand,
hmmm…. how do I do this again?
First, pick the perfect sidewalk spot.
White chalk, start close,
draw one square.
Yellow chalked rectangle on top,
divide it into two and three.
White chalk again,
I like consistency.
Draw square four, same as one.
Green rectangle right above that,
evenly make into five and six.
White me a seven.
Orange rectangle next,
divide precisely into eight and nine.
Sky blue ten crowns them all,
all squares point to heaven.
Brush straggly gray hair off face.
Ooh yes, scratch nose where it itches.
Small rock in hand, stand steady, stand tall.
Neighbor man walks by and smiles,
stares at my colorful cheeks and nose.
“Hi” I say. “Care to play?”
“Nah” he says, “but you go ahead.”
So . . . stoop and throw . . .
hopscotch through my private rainbow
right on up to that promising blue.

A “List Poem” for the NaPoWriMo Day 9 prompt. Image from Pixabay.com

2 thoughts on “Kid by Design

  1. Xan April 9, 2021 / 6:55 pm

    Back east we never did “Sky Blue” just “Home” as the hopscotch destination. I love the poetry of hopscotching to “sky blue”.

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  2. Nancy Jahnke April 9, 2021 / 11:29 pm

    Love this! Guess my inner child identifies! Wish I could do the hopping, but I see it all in my mind’s eye! ❤️ Nan

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