Friday, August 11, 2006

Candy Land Photo and Poem by Hannah Gerber

I can hear the tap tap tap

of the tiny Dora and Boots
as they walk
over the Candy Land board.

The rainbow path
from start to finish
must be travailed
like life itself

and as they move

from square to square

I can hear Boots whisper to Dora
through the mouth of my child

to watch out for deceitful foxes
lurking behind trees
and trolls with no sense of humor
or love for children
under bridges, scowling at laughter and song.

And don’t forget big red chickens
as large as houses
who might crush you
with their thoughtless heft
before even learning
your name.