The Ones that are Thrown Out

In honor of National Poetry Month (in the States, at least),  here is a poem that I find myself thinking about quite often, especially recently, after reading Road Map to Holland:

 

The Ones That Are Thrown Out

 

One has flippers.  This one is like a seal.

One has gills.  This one is like a fish.

One has webbed hands, is like a duck.

One has a little tail, is like a pig.

One is like a frog

with no dome at all above the eyes.

 

They call them bad babies.

 

They didn’t mean to be bad

but who does.

 

– Miller Williams, from Distractions, Louisiana University Press, 1979

 

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