Academic journal article Field

Questions My Son Asked Me, Answers I Never Gave Him

Academic journal article Field

Questions My Son Asked Me, Answers I Never Gave Him

Article excerpt

1. Do gorillas have birthdays?

Yes. Like the rainbow, they happen.

Like the air, they are not observed.

2. Do butterflies make a noise?

The wire in the butterfly's tongue hums gold.

Some men hear butterflies even in winter.

3. Are they part of our family?

They forgot us, who forgot how to fly.

4. Who tied my navel? Did God tie it?

God made the thread: O man, live forever!

Man made the knot: enough is enough.

5. If I drop my tooth in the telephone

will it go through the wires and bite someone's ear?

I have seen earlobes pierced by a tooth of steel.

It loves what lasts.

It does not love flesh.

It leaves a ring of gold in the wound.

6. If I stand on my head

will the sleep in my eye roll up into my head? …

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