Charlie Brown is running

his feet just a blurred semi-circle
spool in his right hand, an arc
of slack leading to his left

the red kite dragging behind
skittering at the grass, passed
Snoopy in tangles and through

to an empty park until
the line goes taut, angles
upward and Charlie, mouth

agape, turns to the camera,
his arms spread and still
holding the string, blinks

just once before peering
back up at the kite, then
again to the camera

to jump and dance a little
but in this fit of excitement
the tether goes all squiggly

and his face to match
the kite crashes beyond
the frame as he grows

flush red: are we laughing
or terrified? Charlie Brown

made a kite and flew it
if only for a moment.

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