Archive for June, 2010

Upside Down

June 1, 2010

This revised poem Copyright © 2010 by Michael Smetzer

***************

Upside down beside the walk,
        a doped squirrel hung on a tree,
a tag on his ear, a twitch in his nose,
        and a sad little look for me.
 
“Squirrel,” I said, “You’re dull as lead.
        What can your trouble be?”
But well I knew the drugs they brew
        for modern zoology.
 
To hang in the air as dull as a bear
        asleep in a sewer drain.
To stare at a man who is reaching a hand
        to staple a tag by your brain.
 
To twitch like a sprout that is twisting about
        under a new-paved lane.
To look down at me here under your tree
        and not even know to complain.
 
 

(first published in Mostly Maine)


Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 58 other followers