The POTW: Verse Til It Hurts


POTW #758
(Week of 27 February, 2011)

I think it might still be a little bit Halloween-in-February.


The outlets are muzzled with thick plastic plugs
The staircase is gated, the drain cleaner gone
The hardwood floors underneath soft shaggy rugs
The patio concrete replaced with a lawn
What was close to the floor has been socked into storage
So have the things higher up that could fall
The choke-hazard pantry now nothing but porridge
They've glued shut the books and upholstered the walls
They've filled up a dumpster with toasters and knives
With anything heavy or painted or rough
Pencils and lipsticks could poke little eyes
Houseplants and lamps, all that dangerous stuff
And the kid wears a collar that's shaped like a cone
With shackles for maximum safety adherence
These next few years he'll be living alone
As no one was able to childproof the parents

Copyright © 2011 by Dave Grossman

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