The POTW: Verse Til It Hurts


POTW #870
(Week of 24 August, 2014)

Actually, Max hardly ever cries as such, but he does make other odd, inscrutable noises more or less constantly, to which we inevitably, perhaps foolishly, attempt to ascribe meaning...

Why Are You Crying Now?

Why are you crying now, my son,
Why are you crying now?
Have your bowels fulfilled a production run?
Do you hunger for essence of cow?

Why are you wailing this time, boy,
Why oh why do you wail?
Obsessing about a particular toy?
We try to interpret to no avail

Your clothes may be itchy
You may be in pain
You're bored, hot, fidgety
Slightly insane
Angst about politics?
Fear of the rain?
We need a few translation tricks
For cryptic infant brains

We hear you screaming now, my son,
Almost gleefully loud
Say... could you just be having fun
Experimenting with sound?

Copyright © 2014 by Dave Grossman

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