08 April 2008

Poetry Month: Changing Diapers, by Gary Snyder

Changing Diapers

How intelligent he looks!
on his back
both feet caught in my one hand
his glance set sideways,
on a giant poster of Geronimo
with a Sharp's repeating rifle by his knee.

I open, wipe, he doesn't even notice
nor do I.
Baby legs and knees
toes like little peas
little wrinkles, good-to-eat,
eyes bright, shiny ears
chest swelling drawing air,

No trouble, friend,
you and me and Geronimo
are men.

Poem: "Changing Diapers" by Gary Snyder, from Axe Handles © Shoemaker & Hoard, Washington D.C.

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