Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Taxidermy

My friends suggested the words taxidermy, blind, whisper, rhinoceros, predator and miasma. Here's the poem I wrote:

Taxidermy


The little corner shop
On the Fifth Avenue:
Some painted letters,
Their faded hues.
I squint and read:
'Taxidermy'.
Stuffed and mounted!
Oh, dear me!
I step inside:
A blind salesman,
“Hello, how're you?”
I whisper to him,
“I'm fine, thank you.”
On his table,
A head, enormous:
Rhinoceros!
I look around:
What place is this,
Where predator and prey
Stand stiff and still!
The miasma of fur,
The glassed eyes,
The fake teeth,
The feral expressions.
How beautiful they are!
How beautiful they were!
I watch him caress
The back of a cheetah.
“For 8000 dollars,
you can take her.”
Her smooth hide,
My curious fingers
O, what a creature,
Wish I could take her!
I turn to leave,
The blind man chuckles,
“She doesn't go anywhere
I look after her,
She watches me here.”

1 comment:

Haddock said...

Somehow this reminds me of the movie "Physcho"