Poetry Drop – David Capella


Big ups to Bookslut for tipping me off to this website, From the Fishhouse, an audio archive of emerging poets, where I found this poem by David Capella. It’s called Certain Children in Central Park. I love the line comparing the prams to SUV’s, brilliant.

Certain Children in Central Park

They command from the pram, these children,
in their nanny-powered strollers, little SUV’s
that bully the walkways and rule the paths.
They wield proud smiles from bikes with training wheels.
They beseech half-awake, unshaven dads
or tell their mother, “No.” They do not want to go
toward the carousel. It’s the robin in the flower patch
they want. “Take me there. Give it to me.”
Bound by wrist leashes, they cannot run toward their desires.
They perform ballet moves they’ve been taught
at weekly afternoon lessons, prancing past benches.
Miniature Manhattanites, they talk New York.
They have money but do not know it yet.
They will be rich Democrats and vote with disdain.
This Saturday, if they pout, parents speak to them
as though addressing a board meeting or negotiating a sale.
They will demand “A’s” on school compositions.
These precious kids will experience William Blake
and not care less. They glisten in the morning sun.
Ashley’s and Courtney’s stare at boys
with eyes of a debutante. Do they like their nannies?
Mothers wrap their dripping ice cream cones
with napkins to protect their hands, to keep them
clean. Stickiness is not allowed to linger.
Their little fingers clutch at the air, their little eyes stare
at flowers they cannot touch.

David Cappella

Go here, to listen to the audio version of this poem.

To learn more about The Fishhouse, go here. I think it’s an excellent resource for reading or listening to new poets, a wonderful thing for those of use who have “vowed” to spend more time on poetry in the new year. *wink*


One Response to “Poetry Drop – David Capella”

  1. I can tell that this is not the first time you mention the topic. Why have you decided to write about it again?

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