There is a thin line between adorable and annoying
Watching a young child standing in front of his mother
Hands raised to be picked up in line at the bank
While she sorts through her purse to find her deposit.
There is a thin line between adorable and disgusting
Getting sloppy kisses from the floppy eared puppy
That stole you heart in the Walmart parking lot
Before you knew of his appetite for fresh cat shit.
There is a thin line between adorable and unsettling
Knowing that the bald mouse pups in the pet store
Are about half as likely to grow into adult mice
As they are to be frozen alive for use as snake food.
I wrote this poem in response to the Wea’ve Written Weekly prompt on Skeptics Kaddish. This week’s prompt poem is “Manilla” by Michelle Navajas. If you would like to read the poem or participate in the prompt visit the post here: https://skepticskaddish.com/2022/07/20/w3-prompt-12-weave-written-weekly/