The self-styled No-ChildSets his fedora by the Menorah;
He reads the evening papers by tapers;He washes his galoshes.
And when a chill sets in, he strokes his chin,Imagines sleep, and wonders if the fire will keep.
And when his own child cries, he triesTo chime away all Time with nursery rhyme. [End Page 37]
Cody Walker is the author of Shuffle and Breakdown (Waywiser Press, 2008). His work has appeared in Parnassus, Slate, The Common, The Yale Review, Light, and The Best American Poetry. He teaches English at the University of Michigan and lives with his family in Ann Arbor.