An Alternative View

[I don’t think I’ve posted this one before.]

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I remember

a black and white photo of a boy

in bed on Christmas morning,

a model-plane kit on the blanket;

coloured in my memory.

I remember hands hurting in the snow;

throbbing pink after snowballing.

I remember no Christmas tree

but the dry weightlessness

of balsa wood and pressing pins

to secure wings to paper

plan; sharp addictive smell

of glue and drum-like tautness

of dope-stretched tissue across

wing ribs and fuselage; winding up

elastic band powered propeller. Its level flight

reward enough for patience.

I remember a solid fuel pack

when lit sent another plane

out of sight with a fizz and a buzz

and a burnt chemical stink. I lost that plane

when it flew over roof tops.

I remember gazing at grey snowflakes

drifting against a bright sky and wondering

why everyone said snow was white.

3 thoughts on “An Alternative View

  1. I built model planes from kits.  most were disappointing but had fun with engine driven line controlled and free flying one using same half cc engine.  later my chuck glider was carried off by a thermal on the town Moor. my tow launch glider did a half loop into the ground.  my assistant was a world class Wakefield modeller . he commiserated but was no help. j s—— Original Message —— On Tuesday, 15 Sep, 2020 At 20:00, All Things Creative wrote: erikleo posted: ” [I don’t think I’ve posted this one before.} I remember a black and white photo of a boy in bed on Christmas morning, a model-plane kit on the blanket; coloured in my memory. I remember hands hurting in the snow; throbbing pink “

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