Kite Time

Sky High Day

Sharing Stories
March 17, 2024 at 8:16 a.m.
Kite show at Pacific Beach
Kite show at Pacific Beach April Ryan



Outside by the front door a band of daffodils

swayed in a wild wind—playing trumpet trills.

Mother Nature drew an old seasonal memory,

newly ripped rag ribbons in hand, you with me.

Marched to the store—eyes on a slick stick search, not too thick, not too thin—a perfect parrot perch.

New rolled up kite, two balls of string from store, 

empty lot across the street—windy murmur not a roar.

Time slowing down during kite introduction instruction,

rag tail, coiled string on sticks—connected construction.

I held the kite like a torch, running fast against the wind

until I heard you say, “Let go”—up, up a sky-high ascend.

String unrolling like a fishing reel—aspiring cloud catcher,

unwinding a second stick—I offered to be a string fetcher.

You gave me a quarter, run to the store—more kite string,

not flying high enough—another two quarters that spring.

On a windy day I remember when our kite kissed the sky,

surely the cloud dancing flight would have set a record high.

One day you brought your future bride to meet my mother.

I was ten, you were a fun, fantastic uncle—Mom’s brother.

We did escape their giggling “glad we met” heart-to-heart.

A precious magical kite flying memory—set to play restart.

April Ryan is a retired Seattle bus driver and prolific writer, often published in Northwest Prime Time, among other places.

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