Daddy says that at birth,
every child gets the blue prints
to build something called a clue phone.
Problem is, I don’t know
where those blue prints are.
“What’s a clue phone daddy?”
“It’s a sort of device that
notifies a person that the Earth
is right here and the sky is
The kids in my class
say they’ve never heard
of these clue phone things.
They don’t have the blueprints.
Maybe theirs are built in?
My dad and a few others
know what it is though,
they tease me about lacking one
when I misunderstand or something like that
and I join in
trying to be part of the throng.
As I get older,
the idea of the clue phone begins to fade,
but the footprint of the clue phone
is now tattooed into my skin.
Just as the label clueless
is tattooed on my mind.
when I am getting an
I ask the doctor
if he sees a phone shape
imbedded in my tissues
Maybe a clue phone is like adult teeth,
something that forms
The doctor asks what I’m talking about.
He’s been through medical school
and he never once heard of a thing
such a clue phone