red poinciana

living under the spread

of royal flamboyant

orange red flowers

a childhood tree

in another life

boys and girls

in school uniform

blue and white

shade to play in

root buttresses to climb over

cicadas hours under

the tropic sun

we ran hard

and out played

teacher’s scorns

arithmetic on hard benches

cheap purple ink

pen scratched words

and stained fingers

hot and drenched

boys’ vigor

we ran

and ran more

thirty four years

rolled and rolled

until I am dropped off

under this royal poinciana

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