Imprecise Gifts



Forms and manners, origins, too,

sorts, and types, issuing through,

regimen, protocol, listing till done,

keeping on blinders, stepping as one.


Stopping and starting, the good little boy

sat looking and trying to play with this toy.

No directions, reminders, or rules to follow,

no suggestions or hints, or edicts so hollow...


How could he just start it and just let it go,

and stand back and watch it as it started to flow,

not knowing or caring directions of travel,

of whether it would stay intact or unravel.


There's nowhere to wind it, you can't plug it in,

there ARE no incentives, nothing to win,

what a great treasure he found on that day

while looking for something with which he could play.


Bob Church 12-19-97