They Ask if They Exist
They bite into an apple,
a little black seed slips
into the gap in their front teeth:
a distraction from their lips.
And their instinct is to spit?
It filled that space, a curtain
their tongue and throat won
Dignity that genetics did not allow.
And I say That’s how!
You must exist-
if an apple thought your mouth
was red enough to kiss.
They bark into a puppy’s face
to teach it not to yap.
The puppy tucks its tail
and crawls up in their lap,
it sniffs the crumpled lines of their pants.
all snorting with its snout, reads:
Puppy doesn’t know how to ouch, now.
Puppy doesn’t know how to grouch, now.
And I say The Existence you Wield!
You must be real-
you can do what the puppy does just once
and make it forget how to feel.
They bat a fly and black their eye
with their very own limp fist.
Their lover is watching all of this
and caws “Ah! Ha! Ha! You missed!”
They wish their eye could have a yoke
and crack just like an egg.
And yellow slime could creep down their cheeks
like piss runs down your leg, (understand: embarrassment)
and I say Oh, Its not a Joke
You’ve learned the most human truth
Love is good and Love is great,
but only when its New.
They birth a baby on a blanket
at the Macy’s Day Parade
Man in charge of the Giant Garfield
offers up a trade.
They wonder how much helium
is in that orange cat,
and if their baby’s face will change
once it sheds its baby fat, (understand: looks like grandpa)
and I say Oh! You Get It Now?
You’re as real as choice is chance.
Two people who made a baby making love
lost at Russian roulette romance.
They bury the box right down the hill
It’s heavy as a stone
Wouldn’t cardboard seem more effective and light
to hold some person’s bones?
The preacher checks his watch. He says
to God, beam that soul right up!
And to let that soul eat the believer’s bread
and drink from the believer’s cup,
and I say Now, You Really Know
That Existence is a Show
Decide what brand of watch to wear.
Then, decide when it’s time to go.
– Mary Sparr