To One Young Enough to be in a Car Seat

Always dangle tangerine peels over your brother’s head until he agrees to roll down the window.

Always keep a small house in the kitchen where ants can tell each other stories about the worms they’ve run into, a place with an umbrella to protect them as they gather bread, honey, and all the dinner you didn’t want to eat.

Always take a nap with a warm blanket, nestled between your teddy bear and your duck who hasn’t had a bath all week, your toes playing piano on the crib rail while your mouth is the color of lunch.

Always wear a different color so no one knows what kind of bird you are, especially when you fly away to catch a rainbow inside your beak.

Always write in the air with dirt beneath your fingernail to get it clean.

Always walk backwards to find caterpillars.

Always say gesundheit when you hear a newspaper sneeze.

About Lenore Weiss

Lenore's collections include "Tap Dancing on the Silverado Trail" (2011) from Finishing Line Press, “Sh’ma Yis’rael” (2007) from Pudding House Publications, and "Cutting Down the Last Tree on Easter Island" (West End Press, 2012). Her writing has won recognition from Poets&Writers (finalist in California Voices contest) and as a finalist for Pablo Neruda Prize, Nimrod International Journal. The Society for Technical Communication has recognized her work regarding Technical Literacy in the schools. All material is copyrighted on this site and cannot be used without the author's permission.
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