"Kopusure" by Wilhelm Steiner

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Alien Tot
by Ellen Lindquist


After I gave birth, my tummy ached.

I spat up ectoplasmic gas.

I told the nurse to place my new son

on a basket of plastic Easter grass.

I peeled back his crystalla,

looked into his wet, black eyes.

Feathers scattered to the floor as he said,

"What's happening, Mom?"

I was unsure what to do with this alien tot,

whether to let him suck his tentacle,

or rub it with green moon cheese,

or whether toss him into the sky to sleep.

Poem © 2002 by Ellen Lindquist ellen_lindquist@hotmail.com

Artwork © 2002 by Wilhelm Steiner misery@subnet.at

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