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THE WIND CATCHER

ERIC ALAGAN

The Wind Catcher by Eric Alagan

Copyright @ 2011 Eric Alagan


With furtive glances, the eager fingers fashioned, A contraption of paper, bamboo and rice glue, Crushed glass and egg white. Smeared on threaded talons, dried, brittle, razor sharp, The trapper released into the sunny blue sky, A trap to catch you, Wind. Approaching cautiously, sniffing and caressing, Growing bolder, tossing it heavenwards, you did Filling, billowing. To tear asunder the paper on bamboo glued, Entwined you were like a fly in a webbed battle, Hunter and hunted.

The Wind Catcher by Eric Alagan

Copyright @ 2011 Eric Alagan


Tossing, twisting, darting and climbing ever high, Holding fast, the catcher parried and teased the trap Enraging you red. Enthralling the crowd below, upturned and wide eyed, You veered to snare with lure of grasping branches, but Talons shredded leaves. Drained, you succumbed to exhaustion and limped away, A tamed breeze, swore you did your nemesis again To meet next year hence. A voice rose anxious and vexed, summoning the brood Home, trapper and kite, the combatant shouldered high, Games done, I ran home.

The Wind Catcher by Eric Alagan

Copyright @ 2011 Eric Alagan

The Wind Catcher  

Boyhood days of making and flying kites during the seasonal winds

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