On a string

by Kevin T McEneaney

Believe it or not—it’s on a Greek dish,

a young boy of ten dangling a yo-yo!

The dish: from 440 BC….

Every household apparently had one:

made from wood, metal, or terracotta.

A fortunate god painted on the disk,

a glorious god from the Pantheon….


Yet few children today play with a yo-yo.

Recall Norman Rockwell’s famous painting

of a young boy playing with his yo-yo?

Children today play computer video

like Minecraft or teenage warrior games.

At present moment, opaque gods reveal

themselves as dim-coded algorithms….

Kevin T McEneaney

Suthor of The Enclosed Garden, Longing. and other books