Journey to Ukazoo
Slide 25: “The Cap”
Reaching a crossroads, after leaving Minnesota on my journey to Ukazoo, where the plan was to turn North, I took a second to consider an opportunity to visit Chicago. A “second” was all that was needed, turning South, I made my way to the “Windy City”.
Spending this past week taking in Galleries, Museums, some live music and a play, I concluded my visit by joining several guests from the B&B and went to a poetry recital. The evening’s featured author was a tall slender woman named Mya, whose melodious voice, recounting family, life’s affirmations, and recent personal triumphs, flowed throughout the dimly lit room like a gentle insightful song.
Prior to her final poem, Mya paused to reflect on the warmness she felt tonight with returning to her hometown after 17 years. As such, she found it appropriate to close with a touch of levity, by reciting a poem she wrote, then as a teenager, just weeks before leaving Chicago.
I took this photo just as she softly announced the title, “Wind O Wind”, then put the camera down and listened with a smile to the following poem.
Wind O Wind, you came through the bedroom window.
You blew so hard, blew so strong,
You blew so unbelievably long.
With a gust, off went my cap covering my hairs,
You sent it sailing down a flight of stairs.
I chased it down the hallway and into rooms
While I tried to swat it down waving a broom.
I ran after it frantically for what seemed like hours,
Past chairs, lamps, and tables holding vases of flowers.
You sent it through the kitchen, barely missing a pie,
Out an open window and high into the sky.
Nearly missing Ravens, Flinches, and a Purple Martin,
Downward it turned heading into the garden.
In between potatoes, tomatoes, corn, and beets,
Along bricked pathways, sidewalks and streets.
You made my cap twist around buildings, and a very tall steeple,
Then it descended, just above hands of helpful people.
Tenuously sending it across a quiet road,
You paused for a breath, and it landed on a toad.
As I closed in to make a lunge for my cap,
I felt an intake of air rush down my back.
Your breath started up again, stronger then ever,
You quickly decided to be very clever.
Up again it went, out of my reach,
Outwards past a crowded, sandy beach.
You made it flip,dip, and drop towards the sea
‘Stop, stop, don’t let it get wet” was my desperate plea.
At that moment, a hesitation, I didn’t foresee,
either by my words, or maybe you tried of playing with me.
You sent it back up, into the sky instead
and gently lowered it down, onto my head.
During the closing reception, I purchased one of the few remaining copies of her first, and now out of print, book, “Mya’s Poems for a Smile” which she graciously signed. This morning, now packed and ready to “for sure” head North, I can detect the whispering of Mya’s Poems ready to accompany me on my journey to Ukazoo. Hope to meet her again someday.
All images and text are copyright Craig L Haupt
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