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At Home with Young Children

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The plastic man
does a two-day headstand
on the couch,
painted-on pants
not gravity-bunched
around his thighs,
solid brown hair
not fluffing down
toward the floor
in any yogic mop.
He tries to talk to me
through his straight pink lips
about Kierkegaard and James Joyce,
but the continuous chatter of the animate
drowns him out.


Donna Levine Gershon’s poems have appeared online in storySouth and qarrtsiluni, and in Kakalak: Anthology of Carolina Poets. She lives in Oxford, Mississippi, with her husband and their two daughters.


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I love this.
This is fantastic! I just went back and read all of Donna's poems and love them all. Thank you.
Simple, and simply brilliant.
So much depth poured into so few words
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