The bored baby sat on a roof top and cried.
He rattled the moon at the moon-faced crowd
as it cowered in the valley and failed to amuse him.
He ate the bird bones in the history museum
then shuffled the clouds to play solitaire;
he fished for trout in the cold lake of one tear,
but soon this was boring. The bored baby kicked
at a mountain and cooed. A ragged black flock
of crows flapped beside him, rattling its tongues.
Baby’s first word: bored. And the second was danger—
the crowd pleaded, Oh baby, please be careful!
He tugged a ribbon of road, wound it round his finger,
watched the wee people in their crumpling cars flutter
like autumn leaves; he plucked the glittering
wings off the sun, tossed it writhing in the valley.
Oh what can we do to appease the bored baby?—
the townspeople cried and longed for the hour
he’d sleep with his arms crooked about a cold star.
TODAY IN SLATE
The Ebola Story
How our minds build narratives out of disaster.
The Budget Disaster That Completely Sabotaged the WHO’s Response to Ebola
PowerPoint Is the Worst, and Now It’s the Latest Way to Hack Into Your Computer
The Shooting Tragedies That Forged Canada’s Gun Politics
A Highly Unscientific Ranking of Crazy-Old German Beers
Welcome to 13th Grade!
Some high schools are offering a fifth year. That’s a great idea.
The Actual World
“Mount Thoreau” and the naming of things in the wilderness.