Kelly Vinal

Rookie (1967- / Homestead, Florida)

Daydreaming - Poem by Kelly Vinal

Walk, fire, unimaginative wretch -
Draw to me the daydream
Scene. Dreaming whilst awake,
Of palm tree trails and fields
Of tangerines. Those muddy
Childhood time travails, when nothing
Else was cared. I took the
Kissing dare, remember -
Doctor Pepper bottle twirling.
It found me, extemporaneous
Romance, fledgling testosterone,
Swirling as a snake in slow-
Mo, black and white. It bit me
In a blast of
Freeze-frame recollection -
Iodine and silver photograph
Materializing through magnesium
Smoke - flash - bang!
And there I was again, scowling
Back at me.

O wretched are
These palm tree trails and
Tangerines, to tease me
From a hum-drum stage today -
This fluorescent, no-view room.
Redrawn and revised,
Romanticized and faded -
Coal walk fire, associative,
No-name by-line sound bite
Memory - milkshake spoon-straws
Prod my history, drawing
Happenstance - teeth and weeds and
Bullfrog races, creek fish,
Cane rods, red streak bobbers -
Daydream monkey -
Nut box hand trap -
Can’t let go from here.

*From the book: Vapours of Promise, ©2004 - ISBN 1-59526-352-7

Comments about Daydreaming by Kelly Vinal

  • (9/30/2008 11:52:00 PM)

    that took me back to my bful childhood days...! ! !


    great poem
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  • (9/17/2008 12:59:00 PM)

    your daydreaming is similar with mine... a great poem... (Report) Reply

  • (4/16/2007 8:02:00 AM)

    Ah, sweet memories of carefree childhood, filed away so long ago... emerge, leaving us with a terrible longing to have them back...if only for a day, for a moment.
    'You let me see the world Through your beautiful eyes And for the first time In such a long, long time It's as though I can see it With the carefree spirit
    Of the child I used to be...Before the worry Before the pain Before the heartache.
    It looks like my long lost Memories, so sweet...'
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  • (10/1/2006 8:43:00 AM)

    hey! i really liked this! ~ cool & original ~ for what is usually a hackneyed motif.

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  • (9/20/2006 2:05:00 AM)

    I love to daydream - this brought back some old memories of growing up. Loved it.
    Charmaine x
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  • (8/20/2006 2:29:00 PM)

    A splendid piece, well done! (Report) Reply

  • (9/4/2005 1:16:00 PM)

    Keen free-association of sound-bites. Beating my brain like a drum. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, November 28, 2004

Poem Edited: Wednesday, December 8, 2004

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