THE GEM 16 NOV 2014
Which artist painted that?
Chances are the artist attends school now
and learns more and more logic
and language skills each day. Still
ocean seeks grass, river reflects
sky. His poem about a truck
is illustrated and pinned on
the display board. In his poem
the truck carries things
and drives between shops, but
it has a disquietening element the author
will not change: his truck drives
north, it seeks North unerringly.
Teachers dismiss this as
a blemish, Father wants to know
how the truck will ever return to base,
and Mother tousles his hair, saying,
He’s just a boy, he’s just a boy.
Grandpa bends down to ask,
Do you want to be a truckdriver
when you grow up? No, he shakes
his head, a scientist, only
a scientist. Can’t they see that?