Skateboard Hero: Master of His Universe - Margaret Wagner

A boy

thirteen
hands
in pockets
buzzed
downhill
between
Peach Bottom and Beaver Creek
past
half-grown
cornfields
past
a man tinkering
with his truck
past
the barber shop.

The boy’s nose
split the wind
across
both cheeks
chin-length hair
out of his eyes.
Board shorts
beat time
at his knees.
His skateboard
was no longer
his banana-boat
bike with
superhero
streamers.

Chest
unrestricted
arms
self-assured

eyes
direct.

Master of his universe.

Margaret Wagner is a writer, dancer and artist who has won three Travelers’ Tales Solas Awards for Best Travel Writing. She has studied with Ellen Bass, Marie Howe, Jericho Brown, and Julia Cameron, in addition to conscious dance pioneers Gabrielle Roth and Anna Halprin. Margaret is the founder of WRITE IN THE BEAT, workshops that pair mindful movement with written poetry and visual art. She has served as visiting faculty at the Omega Institute, Kripalu, and Mount Holyoke College and is a certified Open Floor and 5Rhythms® dance teacher. Her work has been published in Cacti Fur, Perceptions Literary Magazine, RAW Journal of Arts, Evening Street Review, and Front Porch Review.  Margaret, born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and a resident of New York City for many years, now lives in the San Francisco Bay area.  For more details, visit https://margaretwagner.com