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Paper and Plastic A child creates a tower from multi-colored
Lego blocks. Yellow, black, red, white, blue,
assorted other color bricks: a rainbow monolith
standing straight, solid.

The child folds an airplane from brown hand-writing
paper that they gave out in school. The wings: uneven,
the left bigger than the right.

Simulated engine noise: lips buzzing together, creating
noise like a dragonfly's wings, the paper strikes plastic.
"BAM!" the child yells, scaring Mother in the kitchen,
who bakes cookies with U.S. flags drawn with icing.
Child breaks the tower where the airplane struck,
a brick transforms into a man in imagination, heading
down, slow motion, guided by the child's fingers.
"Oh GOD! OH GOD!" yelling again, in another voice,
deeper. A foot above the ground, the child lets go;
the brick falls without ceremony but with a narrated "Splat!"

The child surveys the destruction, picks up the blocks,
placing them back in the bucket with solemninity;
missing only one behind the La-Z-Boy, which Mother
will step on while carrying a tray of cookies, their brown
moist goodness covered with stars and stripes, betrayed
and made to fall by their cousins, and eaten by the dog.

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