Because of the hand grenade’s natural tendency
to resemble a pineapple
It is not unusual for a soldier’s mouth to water
when he is about to lob a hand grenade
Much as it is natural for a child to cover his ears when
he sits down for a delicious dinner on a faraway island
Or at a restaurant that says
“We serve hand grenades” – in Poughkeepsie.
Yet you must feed the soldier
and you must not scold the child
Nor should you praise the child
for the child was quite rude
What was the child thinking?
Whatever it was, he must stop
Stop child, stop
Do not think those thoughts
Ricky Garni has worked over the years as a teacher, wine merchant, musician, and graphic designer. He began writing poetry in 1978, and has produced over thirty volumes of prose and verse since 1995. His work can be found in many online publications, print magazines and anthologies and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize on six occasions. COO, a tiny collection of short prose printed on college lined paper with found materials such as coins, stamps, was recently released by Bitterzoet Press.