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The Telescope

Through a very small circle,
and without reason,
I once caught sight
of a magnified ship
'standing still'
out to sea.

When it came into focus
it was merged with the sky
that was grey
and was smudged
by the rain on the lens
like the whole world around it.

Not even the dog on the beach,
barking and spinning in circles
while chasing whistles
that got lost 
on the razor blade wind,
could detract.

Because for those
five misty-eyed minutes
before my sixpence ran out,
life was safe and exciting 
with no
real meaning.

That ship 
is still out there.

Anchored somewhere
inside childhood;
out of time,
out of season
and many miles from 

Copyright © Gary Radice | Year Posted 2022


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Date: 6/24/2022 9:51:00 AM

Gary, I have come to regard you as a philosopher of nostalgia and this lovely write reinforces that esteem. I love how you turn your brief yet vivid childhood memory into a thoughtful musing on the adult looking back at childhood as though glimpsing it through a pay telescope. I really like the line "five misty-eyed minutes / before my sixpence ran out". Your ending is spectacular. A Fave for me. Cheers ~ John
Date: 6/24/2022 8:47:00 AM

This is so vivid, especially 'merged with the sky' and 'razor blade wind' - feels like I'm on the beach looking through the magnifier to glimpse the departing ship~