Friday, September 07, 2007

Poem: Children, parenting, pets

Children, parenting, pets

They said

they would look after them


the pets of his children

just as a parent

he said

he would look after his children


Jake looked at the cockatiel

his son’s from ten years ago

before his son went to college

then his son moved overseas

Jake still has the bird

the bird lives in a cage

solitary confinement as punishment for flying

Jake has to clean the cage

Joan looked at the little dog

her daughter’s from ten years ago

she swore she would never

walk or groom her daughter’s dog

three years ago her daughter moved out

and got a cat

the dog has accidents in the house


Joan has to clean the crap

Victor Schwartzman

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