Bubbles turned the backyard
into a summer wonderland.
Sidewalk chalk turned the untreated fence
into a graffiti canvas
where games of Hangman & Tic-Tac-Toe
were left to wash away in the rain.
There were balloon water bombs,
& silly string out of a can.
A kite was for paper doll rides,
for suds piled high on the air conditioner—
only to be blown away like snow flurries
when it kicked back on.
Plastic eggs were for wee poems
& scavenger hunt clues;
beans & pasta were for making mosaics.
The world on the screen became smaller—
almost as insignificant as a distant star—
while the world outside
became as big as the sun.