Bye Bye Baby

Soon your baby will be gone
the musical revolving mobile
and the crib above which it hung
a memory
no more soft fruit chewables
or sippy cups
gone the mushy rice cereal

it vanishes in a day
lost to history
the gurgling, the drooling
excitable cries
at the mere sight of a dog

you will be left with none of it
everything taken from you
as you stare
into the bright handheld rectangle
eyes distant and glazed
like the unfocused gaze of a newborn
the phone has stolen it all
and only after a long blackout
will you crawl back to the present
the all clear given
your home empty of all but you
and the newest model phone
so much changed from the old

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