Behavior: To Santa Claus and Little Sisters

Once . . . he wrote a poem.
And called it "Chops,"
Because that was the name of his dog, and that's what it was all about.
And the teacher gave him an "A"
And a gold star.
And his mother hung it on the kitchen door, and read it to all his aunts ...
Once . . . he wrote another poem.
And he called it "Question Marked Innocence,"
Because that was the name of his grief and that's what it was all about.
And the...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!