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Longfellow School Playground
by Wilda Morris

Teeter totters require two children,
a pair of pumping legs at each end,
one child rising while the other descends,
then changing roles,
an early lesson in partnership
and who can be trusted not to slip
off the seat, dropping you
with a hard plump to the hard ground.

Grasping a metal bar,
we ran in circles, propelling
the merry-go-round
faster and faster. We jumped on,
hearts racing, hair blowing,
dizzy with exhilaration,
all that movement taking us
nowhere but deeper
into a shared moment.


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