Unnurtured

a poem by Scott Zentner, USA

A newborn enters the world,
Grimacing with a mug of Churchill,
Appeased by throngs of admirers,
Gawking through maternity panes,
And spewing forth niceties.

Homeward bound we go...
Gerber of your choice;
Diapers look the same.
Innocent, yet so challenging,
Through all of the milestones.

Barney, Barney, Barney
Loves you and you love him...
Self-esteem building
From a purple monster,
In a hypnotic trance.

Intimacy replaced
By high-tech sitters...
Game Boy, Nintendo,
Play Station 2; TV-14
When the sun goes down.

Faster, faster, if you please...
Soccer, baseball after school,
Little Caesars, Mickey D's.
Off to bed when it's over,
And hardly share a word.

Culture gone awry
Saves Jack from dull boy fate,
But lands him in the pokey.
Trips to the shrink and scripts galore
To no avail for this troubled one.

What went wrong
With our dear little boy?
Instructions we missed perhaps,
Somewhere along the way...
"Don't forget to feed it!"

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