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Cooper writes a poem

By Stephen Burt

WHY I AM NOT A TODDLER

By Cooper Bennett Burt

I am not a toddler, I am a baby.
Why? I think I would rather be
a toddler, but I am not. Well,
for instance, Nathan
is starting a drawing. I drop in.
“Sit down and have a snack,” he
says. I snack; we snack. I look
up. He has pirates in it.
“Yes, it needed pirates there.”
“Oh.” I go and the minutes go by
and I drop in again. The drawing
is going on, and I go, and the minutes
go by. I drop in. The drawing is
finished. Where’s pirates?
All that’s left is just
letters. “It was too much,” Nathan says.

But me? One day I am thinking of
a foodstuff: beans. I drop a handful
of beans. Pretty soon it is a whole
mess of beans, on the floor.
Then another bean. There should be
so much more, not of beans, of
words, of how very smeared with food I am,
and life. Days go by. It is even in
pants, I am a real baby. My lunch
is finished and I haven’t mentioned
pirates yet. It’s twelve smears of food, I call
it MMMMMMM. And one day in Nathan’s bedroom
I see Nathan’s drawing, called PIRATES.


Posted in Uncategorized on Monday, April 25th, 2011 by Stephen Burt.