launching the rocket

it took Dennis over twenty minutes
of relentless pumping,
this sunny summer morning
at the harborside park,
as his three boys
reverently formed a semi-circle,
and his wife Abigail
stood further back,
prepared to witness
either victory or disaster
(she has a lot of insurance
on her risk-taker);
finally, it takes its first
short flight,
about fifteen feet into the air,
landing with a Plop,
on its side;
"did you get it?" Dennis yells
to Abigail,
who left the camera
in the car with the insurance papers.

July 5, 2009.

Copyright © 2009, Ricky A. Pursley. All rights reserved.

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