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Steven Oberländer


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I was happy today
to discover I still had
my copy of
     "The Little Blue Whale"
buried under an undisturbed pile
of little shirts
     little pants
          and little shoes
that all belonged
to someone
I'm sure I once knew.
 
I sifted through the pages
one by one
hoping that they would all
jump out and dance
delightfully
around the room
much as they had done
     so many times before
     such a long time ago
 
As I saw the page suddenly tremble,
I held out my anxious arms
ready for my friends to jump into them,
but it was only a cool evening breeze
swishing through the windows
that rustled the pages,
and instead of
     whale songs
          and water fountains,
I heard only the echo
of a once familiar young mother
calling gently
for me to come down
     and wash my hands for supper



© by Steven Oberländer.
Used with the author’s permission.

 

 


Steven Oberländer is a kindergarten teacher and part time actor and musician who lives in Chico, California.

 

 

 

 


Post New Comment:
barbsteff:
Nice poem, happy memories. I was waiting for a grandchild to appear in the poem to enjoy the little stuff.
Posted 05/07/2019 11:13 PM
SAR2126:
I completely love this (and am also surprised that poet isn't listed with teacher, actor and musician!). Thank you.
Posted 05/07/2019 10:52 AM
Jancan:
I REALLY love this one! Jancan
Posted 05/07/2019 09:20 AM
paradea:
Good one!!
Posted 05/07/2019 07:36 AM
michael escoubas:
Love the "cool evening breeze / swishing through the windows"--Nicely done, Steve!
Posted 05/07/2019 07:35 AM
vscholtz:
Thanks for the poem and for TEACHING. Happy Teacher Appreciation week.
Posted 05/07/2019 07:23 AM


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