On Paradise Lost

Karen Robinson idoartkarenrobinson.com

          Karen Robinson          idoartkarenrobinson.com

We lost our innocence
around the time we took
our first breath and let out
a scream to terrify politicians
make grand`fathers put down
their sports`pages reconsider
the art of changing diapers
the un`wisdom of living
next`door to their kids

We learned paradise lost
not from Milton but from
a two`year`old flushing our
set of car`keys down the toilet
just to see them whirlpool away
and that after squeezing all the
tooth`paste into our loafers
to see if they would smell
like his mother’s breath

Still grandpa keeps on
adding money to Adam’s
college`fund After all who
knows the boy could well be
one of those kid`geniuses who
goes off to Stanford at age 12
and becomes the physicist
who invents time`travel
finds paradise regained

“In the life we lead together every paradise is lost.
Nothing could be easier: summer gathers new leaves
to casual darkness. So few things we need to know.
And the old wisdoms shudder in us and grow slack.” ~ Robert Hass


About Peter Notehelfer

I'm a retired people person who now finds the time to watch the little details of the world without worrying about being watched by anyone . . . I live on an Island north of Seattle with my wife named Ellen, a yellow dog named McGee, a yellow cat named Gatzby, and four fine chickens . . . I read fiction, bake bread, smoke salmon, and fish whenever the weather allows . . . Oh, and yes, I try to write a poem every day simply to avoid senility!
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10 Responses to On Paradise Lost

  1. Cheryl Ruffing says:

    So much truth in so few words, and fun, on-the-mark images to boot.


  2. Ha! Good twisty ending.


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