This sprang from today’s 30/30 Poetry Facebook group prompt (up in the air) and a phone conversation with a friend.
Priorities on a breezy spring day
My friend’s pre-school grandson leaves
detailed lists of all the things he wants
for his birthday in voice messages
on her phone. Each recording begins
with him saying, “Beep!” because he knows
you leave your message after the beep
and he’s taking no chances. Today he gave
an exhaustive inventory of Pokemon
accessories, complete with color options
ranked by availability and preference, followed
by a coda request for a Charmander kite
that was so important it merited a separate
phone call and message all its own.