Friday, May 2, 2014

Head Start

Researchers in the UK
have some bad news

for the parents of babies
with flat-topped heads

a phenomenon that has increased
in recent years

(due to that weirdly
commonplace paranoia

of hoping they will
not die suddenly
during the night

because they weren't
sleeping on their backs)

which is that

costly "helmet therapy"
will probably not help them

so luckily
you can still treat
their malformation
with noninvasive physical therapy

but not before
your next get-together

so that useless baby
can pull its ever-increasing weight

by crawling around
and serving your guests

from a small tray
of hors d'oeurves
balanced on its head.

This poem © 2014 Emily Cooper.