by William Skink
it’s the end of the night
and the kid in the backyard
is digging in his heels
the stern voice doesn’t work
the countdown doesn’t work
he goes dead wood on me,
then I remember my wife’s use
of mountain lion
when he won’t progress on a trail
mosquito, I say
and he scrambles up,
this is how they run the world,
before taking my tired bones
~like~ It’s a strangeness, but I remember my brother and I crawling out our basement bedroom windows to help the neighbor kids in back dig an infantry tunnel between their yard and ours … but never on a full moon.
When my daughter was younger and she would cry and I couldn’t get her to stop, I would open my eyes really wide and warn her,
“Sshhhhh! You sound like a wounded cottontail and there’s Coyotes out here!”
She would instantly stop crying and look out the window. No reasoning or consoling would help her stop crying, but the fear of a coyote was an instant fix.
Probably not the most ethical action but as any parent knows, parenting is sometimes survival-whether it be for the parent or the child.