The strut says I am, ooh, much more physical than you.
I’ve crouched on a limb and considered giraffe.
You’d better climb.
I’ll be up that tree on your primate ass.
Where I am men hide.
I’ll slap you like the monkey you are.
Paws out, already back, slapped again from the other side.
Two three times ‘til you know you’ve been hit.
I like the instant you cling to the claw before you flop.
You think in that moment you might get away.
I love your hope.
It makes me growl.
I’ll let you get a little in before I pounce.
Oblong, imbalanced. Bet your feet slide out,
smart guy, language-man, who’s serious now?
Brain, meet mister tooth.
From Favorite Bedtime Stories
by John Fitzgerald
Published by Salmon in 2014
Copyright © John Fitzgerald 2014
MORE ABOUT JOHN M. FITZGERALD
John M. Fitzgerald is a poet, writer, editor and attorney for the disabled in Los Angeles. A dual citizen of the United States and Ireland, he attended the University of West Los Angeles School of Law, where he was editor of the Law Review. The Mind was published by Salmon Poetry in 2011. His first book, Spring Water, was a Turning Point Books prize selection in 2005. Telling Time by the Shadows was released in April 2008 by Turning Point Books. As yet unpublished works include Primate, a novel and screenplay, the non-fiction The People of the Net. He has contributed to the anthologies Poetry: Reading it, Writing it, Publishing it (Salmon Poetry), Dogs Singing: A Tribute Anthology (Salmon Poetry), and From the Four-Chambered Heart: In Tribute to Anais Nin (Sybaritic Press) as well as to many literary magazines, notably The Warwick Review, Barnwood Mag, Askew Poetry Journal, Spillway, and Lit Bridge.