Re: Cities Like Countries


Dearest Garrett:

This time
beside Central Park
a dozen cats eating a dead rat.

Hysterical theatrics
for the hysterical.

I wanted to show you how
you can interpret the pigeons.

You whisper to the cats
because the neighbor cringes
at your voice
the way I can’t stand to watch TV
until it’s turned off.

Topographical globes remind me of Braille–

the tiny bumps of the countries
like chicken pox scabs.

Previously published in Forgetting Aesop.

Ariana D. Den Bleyker has published in many fine journals. Her chapbook, Forgetting Aesop, was recently published by scissors and spackle. She is the editor of Emerge Literary Journal.