When I asked for a sitter I ended up
with a woman posing first vampish
then impoverished, both ways ignorant
of the baby.
Since then I knew not what to do
what else to do but
mistake the baby
through the cosmorama
to see All the World in a Box.
The boxes are lacquered cherry and bevel-edged.
The baby has a hole in his head I’m told not to poke.
But I’m a tempted kind
of mother, consequently
I worry over his topography.
All the world disappoints
and the baby is indifferent.
Will he speak?
Will he drool into old age?
Into adage, liquor, evil?
The sloping glass lids fit perfectly
above the soda pop labels and the paper dolls, at least
one from each continent, while the baby’s eyes
drift like planchettes, meaningful, maybe.