Fear of water
Fill up the bath and
the skin turns pale, sweat breaks out,
and something like wind blows shockwaves
through her downy wisps of hair.
Imminent application of the skunk principle.
Even though Daddy already knows
little girl naked =
armed & dangerous
the nappy does duty at most for what
the thumb does with the garden hose.
The moral of the tale:
shit hits the fan.
For ten poems translated for Poetry International in 2003, go to here.