Ossification

Ossification


Children have smooth surfaces but tough.
Among the young
disputes boil forth
bumping matches
with little damage done.
Might is right
and the vanquished glad of it -
fatigue is the final victor.

How arise from this
these porcelain beings
bristling with law suits
nuclear missiles
and flaying sardonic wit?

No more to touch
lest spikes be broken off
alarms triggered.

Eye cannot meet eye
without the mouth spewing forth
a mollifying stream of words.