Nature Of The Day (Free verse) by impert&ent
This Sunday, after being banned from Safeway
For unnecessarily distracting the guard
I went home and unnecessarily impugned my girlfriend
Who gave me what for and left me with the dogâs dinner.
So I called upon the angels to explain the difference
Between a circus pony
and a circus pony trainer.
Are they both people? I asked
The angels said yes.
The ponies are persons too.
Especially because they are doing
what does not come naturally.
Unlike humans, whose nature is to modify.
Whether it be themselves, the animals, the planet.
Thus, the modified pony is a person-in-becoming.
The angels know this because they
are called upon to modify the human
Unlike any animal that ever existed.
No beaver ever trained Daniel Boone
No Trigger ever hitched together
a team of people and made them play Scrabble
But the angels? What is their nature?
They call, and cajole, and blind us in one eye so that we will look with
They tell us our names and our fates
and they make funny singing noises down the telephone lines.
Sometimes the dogs hear this and bark
for no apparent reason.
Which is natural
for a dog
hearing an angel.
Iâm calling it a day. February 29th. A Frankenstein of moments.
A day cobbled together from fragments of the last four years.
A day thatâs not right, nor wholly wrong.
What is the nature of the day?
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