Amanda Shires

She Let Go of Her Kite

Amanda Shires

Just as she patched it up*
It came unravelled
A crash collapse into the trees
A mess of garden twine and red fabric
Tangled up good in the leaves
She's getting tired of fixing the frame
Nothing's made to last

She let go of her kite
It was as easy as switching off the light
She watched it as it flew
It felt like the right thing

It starts out so enchanting
You just can't live without it
A shiny present in its wrapping
You can picture yourself and how it happens
And the newness wears thin
Nothing's made to last


She let go of her kite
It was as easy as switching off the light
She watched it as it flew
It felt like the right thing

They got it together in November
A stormy wind ripped her coat
A running start and they were sailing
It was easy until the tether broke
You start over and nothing's made to last

She let go of her kite
It was as easy as switching off the light
She watched it as it flew
It felt like the right thing

For a few minutes she didn't move
Just stood still and watched the air float through
The reel empty in her hands
Here's hoping it never has to land
It moved out of view
And nothing's made to last

She let go of her kite
It was as easy as switching off the light
She watched it as it flew
It felt like the right thing

She let go of her kite
It was as easy as switching off the light
She watched it as it flew
It felt like the right thing
The right thing to do