Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Poetry Month 2013 – Day 9

What does it mean to sleep with stuffed animals?

 Ian with his beloved Batman

To put one’s hopes and love
into a transitional object,
such as a teddy bear or hippo
or even a Wonder Woman doll?
Everyone has stuffed animals.
Sherry Turkle’s robots at MIT
have them.
They have toys and dolls
and vast numbers of other playthings.
But tell me,
do human children
really feel better
when they sleep with stuffed animals?
What does it mean to them?
I want to know
because
I’ve never slept with one -
ever.
 - Esther Altshul Helfgott

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