Dogs 2014

MOON CHILD
(5/4/14)


I was
pulling weeds
out close
to the curb

"you can't
see stars
BEHIND
the moon
you know"

it was
the neighbor's kid
walking past
our house

8
maybe
9

some
science nerd
no doubt

it's always
the children

never the adults

who have something
to say
about the tattoos

they usually
aren't visible
to the public

but in my
yard slut
short sleeved shirt
the fabric
had pulled up
revealing
some of the
lowermost
ink

an old man
crescent moon
with big nose
cratered face
and scraggily
beard

much like
myself

but within
the supposed
darkened circumference
of the orb
a few stars
had been added

automatically
I wanted to explain
that the image
was etched
by an artist

not
an astronomer

I checked myself

"they're actually
lights
from a lunar
colony"

his eyes
got bigger

"they only
look like stars
because they represent
man's ascension
into the cosmos
to become equals"

"wowwww…"

he got
quiet
then

for a few
seconds
at least

I took
the opportunity
to turn
the mower
back on
and push
across the yard
away
from my inquisitor

before
he could see
the sun
and the snake
on the other
arm

he was
probably
a biology major
as well