Rubber duckies are too bourgeoisie.
The more photogenic half of an antique Vichyssois
aquamarine mannequin head
updates its inanimate facebook dot com status
—Resides in: marmoreal clawfoot tub in Carroll Gardens brownstone—
after being used as a bath toy
by a tabloid-famous toddler.
“Rubber duckies are too bourgeoisie”
written across its forehead
by the relative who purchased it
at a Sotheby’s auction.
The child’s name, Casus Belli: ostensibly
an anagram for the first words of a mnemonic device
his father had claimed to use
for remembering the lines of a Thoreau poem
he had silently recited to himself
in an effort to prolong his favorite activity
on the night of his son’s conception.
“I’m starting docent training tomorrow
at the New Museum for New Human Art Mavens
and have developed an uncanny infatuation
with the stained glass window designs
of the septuagenarian Matisse.
Goo goo gah gah.”
The child’s first words.
According to the article.