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When Mother turns on the television, Peter sits tensely
with his tiny hands clenched tightly into fists.
Mother says slouching is bad and boys that slouch must
The Captain lectures Mr. Bunny Rabbit for stealing carrots.
Peter wonders why the Captain doesn’t burn Mr. Bunny
Stealing is bad.
A bunny rabbit that steals must be punished.
Lions stalk the plains of Africa.
They roar and eat up the deer.
When they finish eating they stretch out their claws
and shake out their bloody manes.
Jim, the man on TV says; if a deer is too young and too weak,
it ends up as food.
Then he says, “As a mother lion protects her cubs, you can protect
your kids with insurance from Mutual of Omaha.”
Suddenly, Peter’s heart speeds up; he cocks his head and listens:
Mother’s in the kitchen boiling water.
Peter must sit very still and be extra quiet.
Mother says squirming and being loud is bad.
Loud little boys that squirm must be punished.
(C) Rob Goldstein 2017 All Rights Reserved
The stuffed bear in the photo was made by Second Life artist, AM Radio