Last year, Gregory Pincus invited me to participate in his April celebration of poetry on his splendid blog and I kicked in an original poem. Here it is (again?) in case I haven’t shared it with you here.
David L. Harrison
My toes grew roots!
I’m a tree!
You say, “Whoa!”
and I say, “I know!”
Lookit my limbs.
They’re big and huge and strong!
You go, “How did your limbs
get to be so big and huge and strong?”
and I go, “I don’t know, they just did.”
And lookit my branches!
They’re all full of storks and parrots
and ostriches building nests!
You say, “Wow! How did you get so many birds?”
and I go, “Because I’m so big and huge and strong,”
and you say, “Oh yeah, I forgot.”
My bark is the toughest bark in the whole world
so no one can chop me down.
Act like you’re a tree chopper with this huge ax –
the biggest ax in the whole world –
and you try and try
but you can’t even make a little chip in my bark
and you go,
“I can’t even make a little chip in your bark,”
and I say, “I know.”
Pretend you see a hippopotamus
making a nest on my tallest branch
and you say, “Wait a minute,
hippopotamuses can’t fly!”
and I go, “This one can,”
and you go, ”How?”
and I go, “Because he’s magic,”
and you just fall down on the ground
because you’ve never seen a magic hippopotamus.
Now lookit my toes.
They just grew claws!
I’m not a tree.
Forget about that.
I’m a cat.
© 2010 David L. Harrison. All rights reserved.