Dogs 2010

NO BAD ASS
(5/7/10)


I once saw
on a documentary
that the larger
sand tiger sharks
still in the womb
will cannibalize
their siblings
in some unholy
competition
yet to be
externalized

the survivors
expelled
expected to live
on their own
a receding mother
forever detached
from her
offspring

I try
to imagine
creatures
killing each other
before they are
even born
fending
for themselves
from time
of birth

a concept
as alien
as it is
horrific

I look
at you now
with your hands
around my throat
and know
that you are only
a peaceably birthed
coddled toddler
human lightweight

that is why
I am still
smiling