Flying Saucer

mb3-6 Flying Saucer accentGramps hollered
he’d be damned but
he was going to ride
that new sled

that ski slope

and nobody could stop him
as he churned up
the beginner’s run
away from the trees

plopped onto the chartreuse saucer
and pushed off

crouched forward
he hung tight
in a cross-legged hump

a fluorescent stripe
down the hill

hit a rut

bounced high
did a double flip

and landed
saucer down

snow cloud puff
burning cigarette glowing

in place
streaking on

– Sheryl L. Nelms