Photo Challenge #270 – Paper Planes


Image: Gabriel Isak

When she felt alone

She went to a place where she could be.

Watch the small boys below her on the sand

Throwing paper planes,

Squealing with delight

When they actually flew.

To her, they represented what if?

Her own son locked in his world

Struggling to come out

Tormented by the barriers he was unable to surpass

Frustrated and angry,

It tore at her soul.

She thought it her fault

Why was she not a good mother?

Time and time again

She strove to make it all go away

To have her son fly

Paper planes like everyone else.


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16 Responses to Photo Challenge #270 – Paper Planes

  1. crimsonprose says:

    That touches the heart

  2. Lyn says:

    I could see that as a scene in a movie – so very moving.

  3. maria says:

    Aww… poignantly written in very few words.

  4. So sad, and so identifiable with the image Michael.

  5. Wow, Michael. You nailed this prompt. Truly beautiful writing. I love this piece!

  6. Michael I also saw paper planes, but I was not sure if they might have been seagulls instead.

  7. Sadje says:

    Hauntingly sad.

  8. msjadeli says:

    A very sad poem, Michael. It reminds me of a song on REM’s “Green” album, but told from the perspective of the child: “The Wrong Child.”

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