Because of the hand grenade’s natural tendency
to resemble a pineapple
It is not unusual for a soldier’s mouth to water
when he is about to lob a hand grenade
Much as it is natural for a child to cover his ears when
he sits down for a delicious dinner on a faraway isle
Or at a restaurant that says
“We serve hand grenades” – in Poughkeepsie.
Yet you must feed the soldier
and you must not scold the child
Nor should you praise the child
for the child was quite rude
What was the child thinking?
Whatever it was, he must stop
Stop child, stop
Do not think those thoughts