Many small children have taken to hiding
along the stream. Or in swamps. They dive.
They disappear for months. Longer.
It’s not like skipping school. They study
flagella, muskrats. They collect wetland grasses
and press them. There is always paper.
They are so poor they have little hair
and bare feet. There is never a trail
of crumbs or plastic or size 5 shoe-prints.
We miss them, but they have each other.
And something else. We’re not sure
if they’ve made reed flutes or if they hum.