Child approaches with tangled mass of plastic Slinky knockoff,
Jumbled sculpture of wiry plastic,
For busy parent who can't resist entreating eyes.
Twists and turns transform jumble into coil.
But slowly. Ever so, painfully so.
Child has retreated to other interests,
But the parent cannot let the slinky stay unordered.
Finally the slinky is all coil and no jumble,
Placed quietly on the child's bookshelf.
Child is in the land of video game battles,
And does not even notice the perfectly restored slinky's return.
But the parent, today at least,
Has beaten the twisted slinky.