Sweet little flipper baby
Ugly as sin yet beautiful.
Breathing in the acrid smoke,
Lungs drip with black tar haze.

Sweet little flipper baby
Star of the whole damn horror show.
Weak hearted, loose limbed
Drowning in the umbilical flood.

We love you flipper baby
We love you flipper baby
We love you flipper baby
Mommy’s little tragedy.

Sweet little flipper baby
A Daniel Johnston hurt exorcism.
Singing fish lips gasp for air
Blackness sweeping in, eyes glazed.

Sweet little flipper baby
Embryonic supermodel.
Razor thin fins flip, heavy agitation,
Metaphorical hook tears skin.

We love you flipper baby
We love you flipper baby
We love you flipper baby
Daddy’s little tragedy.

Three days out the hospital
Flipper baby catches cold
Blue plaque above the garage
Blue fish fins in the cot.
Flipper baby gone.
Gone, baby, gone.

We loved you flipper baby
We loved you flipper baby
We loved you flipper baby
Nature’s little miracle
Nature’s little miracle
Nature’s little death.