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The Math of Bugs and Boys

a poem about the adventures of curious boy of six

Little boy of six, collected flowers

and caterpillars and brought them home, blunt

fingers added water to flowers and

lettuce to kidnapped bugs, two aliens


He danced around them with peace offerings,

set them afloat in bubble bath water,

and served them tea in miniature fittings,

before laying them to sleep in green bedding


He promised them jungles and wild tigers,

pirates on tall ships and hidden treasures,

flight between clouds and over volcano's,

if they stayed at home while he went to school


Told friends of two aliens eating cup

cakes and drinking peppermint tea, lacking

manners but friendlier than sulky worms

confused by the idea of up or down


Homework took all three, sweating over math

that asked what four beads added to three trees

was, but he had no problem counting legs

of bugs, candy sticks, or paper money


A new day and the aliens had gone

and flowers folded with heads touching toes,

falling the wrong side of time, mulched and mixed

the last petals into garden, reborn


He took leave and returned with ladybugs

counting the dots of the little red tanks

fighting for possession of broccoli

mounds, in aa brave new vegetable world


#Writer #Haiku #Love #Poetry #Poems — 17 tiny syllables of emotion packed into each Haiku — Thanks for your support!

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