Zoldar came from a
Yellow star in the
Where everything goes backwards.
Very soon after he turned eighty, his daughter
Urged him to do some intergalactic
Traveling before he got any younger.
So it was that he came to Earth.
Right away he realized things were
Quite different than he was used to.
People here grew up, not down.
Old meant young and young meant old.
Not understanding this, Zoldar asked if he
Might question some Earth dwellers, as young as possible.
Luckily there was a suitable group handy at the
Kiddie Kare Center down the block.
Jenny, the daycare worker, sat Zoldar down
In the middle of a circle of two-year-olds.
He had some trouble deciphering their responses to his questions.
Giggles seemed to be the mode of communication
Favored by most; the others picked their noses and stared.
Earth seemed an interesting place, but Zoldar
Decided to return home early. It was
Comforting to get back to real life, where
Babies were the wise leaders
And the elderly were free to run and play.
~ Tamary Shoemaker
(This is an alphabet poem. It was fun to write.)