How Edgar became a kite

 

How Edgar became a kite:
his shoulderblades grew first
and stretched along his arms
out to his wrists where a stout length
of cartilage joined them
and the marrow faded easily from his bones
and the heavy flesh of his thighs dissolved

bones like lace
skin like fine leather

Edgar crept from his confinement
to see the change of seasons
mentioned by his visitors
(who, as a token, carried flowers)
and he made his way up to a hilltop
where the wind took him

 

Grasslands Review, 12 (Winter 1995): 62.
© 1995 by K.J.H. Berland

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