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'Lemonade'

 
 
jjorge
 
Reply Thu 22 Mar, 2018 10:14 pm
  Lemonade!

All rush and excitement!
--eagerness!...
--selling, earning!
visioning the pleased other
eager for what I offer,
the 'grownup-ness' of it all!
a pitcher, lemons
from mother's kitchen,
sugar, ice,
a sign:
'ten cents',
sidewalk counter
an old orange crate,

waiting now
and waiting,
and waiting

at last
a slow
unsmiling

realization.
Six years old,
a first taste
of indifference.

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PUNKEY
 
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Reply Fri 23 Mar, 2018 06:16 am
I always try to stop a neighborhood lemonade stands. (Gotten some god-awful stuff to drink, too)

Indifference is a good word to use. Not the rejection, but the sense of not being acknowledged at all is perplexing to children.
jjorge
 
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Reply Sun 25 Mar, 2018 06:41 pm
@PUNKEY,
Someone once said (of a young child) that there were:

"So many surfaces yet to be scratched."
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