January 2006 /Volume Seven / Issue One
Stephan Baley
She is Going to Have a Baby . . .

She is going to have a baby
and I am reading a book
on what an expecting
father is supposed to do,
and she is drinking an ice tea.

I am also reading about Cuban
teachers in the Western Sahara,
which one might think is
my way of changing the
subject, but actually I am
wondering how my child will
look at maps, navigate roads,
apply pressure to the brakes.

She is going to have a baby
and I am looking up the
definition of Taoism, and
I am still not changing the subject,
only advocating life and many
gods, but I am unwilling
to give up material possessions,
and I am unable to find any
loopholes in our Random House
Dictionary.
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