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“Desk” by Laura Kuo (11)

With a father’s pride, a post from my daughter Laura, 5th grade.


I start in a box,
Just pieces of wood or metal,
With bolts and screws
Still in a bag

I am lifted into a car or truck,
Roughly and with no care.
Put on the metal bed of a truck,
Then taken for a bumpy ride.

When I arrive at my new home,
I’m dumpted into my future room.
Where I sit for a few days,
’till someone gets around to assembling me.

The stab me with screws,
and twist bolts in me.
Then they prop me up,
and put pile after pile after pile on my back.

If I had a mouth I’d protest,
If I had muscle I’d fight back.
If I had feet I’d run away,
If I could move I’d shove stuff off of me.

But until I break and get thrown out,
I’ll just stand here.
Waiting for the day I am thrown out,
The day I can stand no more.

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posted November 4, 2006 at 5:06 pm

Kevin Young

posted November 4, 2006 at 5:45 pm

David, it sounds like your daughter is making an analogy about the troops in Iraq, and a very poignant one at that. They have been shamelessly used for political purposes, just like the victims of 911 were. The neocons in charge profess to care with their lips, but show their disregard in their actions. Truly, the troops are “last” and the politicians “first” at this point in the game. But Christ will return soon and show everyone their proper place.

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posted November 4, 2006 at 7:44 pm

I don’t know what that poem symbolizes, but I can tell that a lot of soul went into it. You must be very proud.

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posted November 5, 2006 at 11:18 pm

Post-modernism is a wonderful thing. Each will take from a piece of art something from his or her own history and cultural or religious bias. Not withstanding this, the poem does speak to the human condition. It speaks to how I have felt on occasion, it speaks to the sense of being regarded from a utilitarian perspective. It encourages us to not treat others as ‘human resources’, but as people, rich in history, unique, and worthy of respect. We soon will need to extend this respect to other species and the biosphere as a whole. Nothing is without value, and when we treat a rain forest as a valuable commercial resource but fail to see its greater value we fail in our duty to the integrity of our home and all the magnificent forms that contribute to its beauty. This may not be a popular opinion, it is however something which we need to come to grips with, lest future generations, such as they will be, curse us for our shortsightedness, our greed, and our foolishness.

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