You Can’t Carve Time

On October 14, 1987, Jessica McClure, at 18 months, fell into a well in her aunt’s backyard. Baby Jessica was in there for 56 hours, singing.

Alice tripped into

A backyard well

When she was knee high to a smoking caterpillar

 

Like Baby Jessica

 

She was 18 months

And she spent her time with toothy, feral beasts

 

You can’t carve time

Baby Alice

But you can crave it

 

Baby all this

Could be yours

 

Rabbits run in

Concentric circles

Making a dozen stops inside gray, curving bricks

 

Ticking like the sky

Until it grins wide

And lets the toddler crawl out into the blinding sun

 

You can also read this poem here.

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