Gumby

1966 pictures
of my neighborhood show
grass rolling in the breeze
farms and a dairy
oak trees on the hills
tracts of new homes like islands

After school we would sit
in the tall grass playing with
fat tummy Troll Dolls
and Gumby and Pokey
bendable magic
after so many stiff legged Barbies

Later the hills were flattened
by huge steam rollers
asphalt spreading fast and thick
like truckloads
of spilled Mrs. Butterworth’s

Oak trees turned into flat triangles
and the sun a small orb hanging
in a black and white sky
me skating around on one foot

 

 

Khadija Anderson

About Khadija Anderson

Khadija Anderson returned in 2008 to her birthplace Los Angeles after 18 years exile in Seattle. Khadija's poetry has been published in print and online and her poem "Islam for Americans" was nominated for a 2009 Pushcart Prize. Khadija's first book of poetry History of Butoh was published through Writ Large Press in 2012. She can be found online at: http://www.khadijaanderson.com
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