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By Lilace Mellin Guignard

Child, when you’re sad put on your blue shoes.

You know that Mama loves you lollipops

and Daddy still has a job to lose.


So put on a party hat. We’ll play the kazoos

loud and louder from the mountaintop.

Child, when you’re sad put on your blue shoes


and dance the polka with pink kangaroos,

dolphin choirs singing “flip-flop, flip-flop.”

Hey, Daddy still has a job to lose — 


don’t be afraid. Close your eyes, snooze,

because today our suns have flared and dropped.

Tomorrow when you wake, put on your blue shoes.


Eat a good breakfast. Be good in school.

Good boys go to college goody gumdrops

so someday too you’ll have a job to lose.


Waste trucks clatter by as the gray bird coos.

Flames pour forth when the faucet’s unstopped.

Child, when you’re sad put on your blue shoes.

For now, Daddy still has a job to lose.


Source: Poetry (January 2016)

  • Activities
  • Living
  • Relationships

Poet Bio

Lilace Mellin Guignard
Lilace Mellin Guignard lives in rural Pennsylvania above the Marcellus Shale. She teaches creative writing, women’s studies, and outdoor recreation leadership at Mansfield University. See More By This Poet

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