Hesling Ireland

Spilt Milk, Notable Absences, Better Than Bones




We don't have a real elephant
or a real crocodile
or a real chimpanzee.
Only something else
a substitute.
Maybe it's better than nothing
maybe not...
We do have real hands
and real tongues.
Not that that makes any difference;
not when we use our hands
to hold down our tongues
with pebbles...




I adore M. Tove.
When she asks me to make her a robot, I tell her I can make something better - a robot's footprint.
She is so impressed.
So we make boats and catzilla, shells and dinosaur bones, snails and tiny fields.
And they all take turns sleeping in the robot's footprint...