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I am a cage in search of a bird*
I am a letter in search of a word
I am a mirror in search of a look
I am a cover in search of a book
I am a cushion in search of a couch
I am a bandaid in search of an ouch
I am somebody’s laughter in search of some fun
I think I found it.
Now I am done.

I am cage in search of a bird
I am a curse in search of a word
I am a mirror in search of a crack
I am the runner that never looks back
I am the dust lying under your couch
I am the sidewalk in search of an ouch
I am the darkness that hides all your fear
I think I found it.
Glad you are here.

*from The Blue Octavo Notebooks by Franz Kafka
For the dverse poetics prompt of 9/24/19
And #23 in 30 Poems for September

18 thoughts on “After Kafka, for the little ones

    • I liked being able to use language differently thinking of children as the readers. Using “ouch” as a noun seemed entirely appropriate–no child would question that!

    • Do you know the Satchel Page quote “Don’t look back, something may be gaining on you”? My father terrorized my childhood with that lol.

  1. Children adore list poems, and this one is great! I agree with jade about it being a perfect poem for illustration. I especially like ‘I am a mirror in search of a look’ and ‘I am the sidewalk in search of an ouch’ – that one would appeal to children!

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