I suppose it’s genetic then?

If it is selfish for a couple
not to have offspring
then I wonder why so many
choose to have their own
instead of adopting
children who so desperately need
a home from foster care?

Notes: This was written in response to a rant I read of a newly engaged woman who decided childless married couples were being selfish. I hope people get married for the sake of love and not just for children. Whether you choose to have children or not, or whether that choice is taken from you, I do not judge.

Jimmy’s Choir

Singing Children

Jimmy sang
In a fourth grade choir
With acrobats and thieves
And great tall liars:

There was lanky George
With his thick black glasses
Spouting about gravity
Between science classes

Pretty pink Patty
Who was lazy as molasses
Yet somehow during PE
She’d run quickest and fastest!

Sporty Jo Baker
Who tied a two-buns do
And pirouetted in leotards
“Oh, yuck to tutus!”

Fast-mouthed McGee
Who hustled at marbles
A mama’s boy who every morning
Never failed to gargle

Playacting Sally
Who knew Shakespeare by heart
And would regale you
With every dying part

Doe-eyed Pete
Who walked like in a dream
And fibbed such scary stories
“Oh, what a scream!”

Princess Penelope
Who mascaraed her eyes
And bragged of her swimming pool
Twice Olympic-sized

There was best friend Carlos
Who wanted a motorbike
And gelled his green hair
Into Sonic the Hedgehog spikes

And Jimmy was Jimbo
A daring little man
Who sang the loudest off-key
And stole music stands
To see the teacher frown
And huddle friends all together
He’d purposely lose song sheets
Because playtime was better!

Graceful Exits

In my mind I hold the many children
That were friends and foes.
Like Peter, never-changing
They remain.
The vestigial shadows of last year’s flowers —
If I were to find them today:
Only the smell of damp earth.

Russian Fairy Tales by A.A.


Illustration by A. Alexeieff, Russian Fairy Tales, 1945

Etched drawings dabbed
yellow, blue, and red
Prose that speaks
jewel-toned and scarce
Treasure hoards faraway tales
For Pru, Kim, and Diana
On Christmas 1945

Notes: The photo above comes from an actual edition I bought as a gift. Continue reading “Russian Fairy Tales by A.A.”