Richard Kenney


Boy Toys

Look at the tiny Congressmen!
They almost could be real.
Their action-figure joints so smooth—
see how they kneel!

Their smiles are a little wobbly, maybe,
but their stomachs sure are strong.
Let’s try to remember, when the Big Boy’s gone,
who’s gone along.

Richard Kenney‘s most recent book is The One-Strand River (Knopf, 2008). He teaches at the University of Washington, and lives with his family on the Olympic Peninsula.