|Arsenic Lobster poetry journal||
I helped empty her condo out
and was amazed at the things
she had stuffed into no longer walk-in closets:
sugar and paraffin whisked,
coffee with crushed eggshells
pebbles from a stream in Colorado.
I grew up on a farm and remember how angry my father was when one of our bulls would only mate with another bull. I guess I realized then that I wouldn’t bother telling him I was gay. We stopped feeding the cat Fancy Feast because he thought it was too feminine. Years ago I had a male dog who would regularly travel several miles to hook up with another particular male dog. Their relationship lasted for a long time. That dog’s owner chewed me out because I could not keep my wandering fellow at home. It has always surprised me how many people refuse to believe it when I tell them. I’m moved by the thought of two individuals getting together to negotiate the world.
We lived in Houston in the 80’s & always got tar on our feet on the beach in Galveston. Small spills were common back in those days. Twenty years ago the fish would jump out of the sea as you walked along the beaches. Frozen seafood doesn’t compare. Mom showed me a photo of a boat attempting to lasso the oil. To begin with cleaning birds from oil is a huge job. These creatures can’t speak English or sue in American courts. I haven’t returned since my father died two years ago. His homes are sold now.
Having lived in Switzerland for 2 years, my sister said that people used to yell at
Mom was Canadian and she would apologize for “our” geese. Dad accidently killed one
Australia recently destroyed a small number of Canada Geese that attempted to invade their shores. Our grandfathers exterminated the wolves, cougar
We should educate the animals to avoid human errors or we can educate humans to avoid animal errors. Everyone on board looks a little different at life
Maybe the birds’ migratory paths are like a DNA of the way the species exist within the world. In the past week, I’ve seen lots of geese flying over and
So far all we have seen is a single feather in
About John Calavitta