Thursday, June 21, 2012

maggie and milly and molly and may

maggie and milly and molly and may 
went down to the beach(to play one day)

and maggie discovered a shell that sang 
so sweetly she couldn't remember her troubles,and

milly befriended a stranded star
whose rays five languid fingers were;

and molly was chased by a horrible thing 
which raced sideways while blowing bubbles:and

may came home with a smooth round stone 
as small as a world and as large as alone.

For whatever we lose(like a you or a me) 
it's always ourselves we find in the sea

An Entomologist's Last Love Letter

Dear Samantha
I’m sorry
We had to get a divorce
I know that seems like an odd way to start a love letter but let me explain:
It’s not you
It sure as hell isn’t me
It’s just human beings don’t love as well as insects do
I love you…far too much to let what we have be ruined by the failings of our species

I saw the way you looked at the waiter last night
I know you would never DO anything, you never do, but…
I saw the way you looked at the waiter last night

Did you know that when a female fly accepts the pheromones put off by a male fly, it re-writes her brain, destroys the receptors that receive pheromones, sensing the change, the male fly does the same. When two flies love each other they do it so hard, they will never love anything else ever again. If either one of them dies before procreation can happen both sets of genetic code are lost forever. Now that…is dedication.

After Elizabeth and I broke up we spent three days dividing everything we had bought together
Like if I knew what pots were mine, like if I knew which drapes were mine somehow the pain would go away

This is not true

After two praying mantises mate, the nervous system of the male begins to shut down
While he still has control over his motor functions
He flops onto his back, exposing his soft underbelly up to his lover like a gift
She then proceeds to lovingly dice him into tiny cubes
Spooning every morsel into her mouth
She wastes nothing
Even the exoskeleton goes
She does this so that once their children are born she has something to regurgitate to feed them
Now that…is selflessness

I could never do that for you

So I have a new plan
I’m gonna leave you now
I’m gonna spend the rest of my life committing petty injustices
I hope you do the same
I will jay walk at every opportunity
I will steal things I could easily afford
I will be rude to strangers
I hope you do the same
I hope reincarnation is real
I hope our petty crimes are real enough to cause us to be reborn as lesser creatures
I hope we are reborn as flies
So that we can love each other as hard as we were meant to.