Were you planning on taking
A transatlantic flight
When you helped yourself to an entire
Bottle of melatonin that one night?
I wish I could find what I wrote on my
Grocery shopping list.
But only a corner was left
After I tore it from your grip.
I would have loved experimenting with
Four different types of gluten-free flour.
But you tore apart every bag,
Even though I was gone for just an hour.
Christmas truffles, garbage sushi,
A bowl of raisin bran.
Coffee grinds, an empty pizza box,
My husband’s new Vans.
Don’t you know the main ingredient
In sugar-free gum
Is harmful and toxic
To your little tum?
Once you ate
A dried starfish at the ocean.
The vet feared the worst,
But you showed no emotion.
Eight mini red velvet
Is there anything that won’t give you
A stomach ache?
Growing up on the streets of Los Baños
Must have toughened you up;
Prolonging your little life
While giving you extra años.
A vegan gluten-free carrot cake
My friend spent all day baking.
You’re lucky she was kind
And didn’t give you a spanking.
All I can say is, it’s a good thing
You’re so cute,
An unparalleled defense mechanism
Ensuring you’ll never be destitute.
Claire Schwartz is currently enrolled in the MA in Humanities Program at Dominican University of California. After she graduated from Dominican with her BA in 2008, she worked as a flight attendant for Virgin America, where her psychology degree came in very handy. She is currently working as the Alumni Communications Manager at Dominican, and thrilled to be continuing her studies in the liberal arts.