Verse – Why do you fly a kite?

Steve's kite

Steve’s kite

Why Do You Fly Kites?

You kid of 72,
Reliving your childhood?
Child-like, or childish?

Prairie winds are strong,
Annoying to some.
I choose to revel in them,
Let the wind lift my spirits,
Carry kite and me skyward.

But you can no longer run,
Cannot pull the kite aloft,
Cannot even trot…

A delta kite lifts itself
In even a mild breeze.
When high above,
I tie the line to a stake,
And sit with beer in hand,
And look up.

  • Steve Shoemaker, Urbana, IL, Oct. 26, 2015

4 thoughts on “Verse – Why do you fly a kite?

  1. Nice verse! In St. Paul, when Grandad passed in ’65, during the service the minister looked at me and said when I feel the string tugging it was the lord pulling me toward the good!
    I have been making & flying kites now for 50+yrs.


  2. I love flying kites, but rarely get to do it. I couldn’t even run when I was a kid, at least not for long, but at the shore there is almost always enough wind to get one up. Good memories😀.


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