Today's poem is by Sarah Lindsay

Real Live Boy

And so Pinocchio the wodden puppet
became living flesh,
as he wished. The first

of many surprises. His palms were soft,
sometimes grew wet,
and when a splinter of wood
slid into his skin,

it didn't feel friendly there. Not one
of his eager dreams had mentioned
that a real boy couldn't remove his foot

whenever it broke
and peg on a new one,
or that he wouldn't understand
the fiddle's words anymore.

He was no longer remarkable,
though often amazed
at how the parts of his new spine found

so many ways of aching, or how,
in the pit of winter,
the bellows in his chest grew heavy with phlegm,

how the dog in his belly yelped for bread
when there was none,

how sleep ruled him
when he had meant
to work all night again
on his wooden Geppetto.

Copyright © 2005 Sarah Lindsay All rights reserved
from The Greensboro Review
Reprinted by Verse Daily® with permission

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