how it’s done

the squirrel on the top
of the wooden fence
i can see—hey!
i can see!—out
my window, stops,
turns, peers
in, amazed;
exclaims—squirrels
speak with their entire
quivering
bodies—what the
hell is that creature
doing inside? then jerks
back around
to profile view
to give me a brief
demonstration: he twirls
his tail impossibly like
a stripper spins her tassles,
and bounds in joyful arcs stage
left

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About nosuchthingasastraightline

I grew up in tiny Lyme, New Hampshire, where I drew, roamed the surrounding woods, and first entertained the idea of God while listening to my mom's Beatles records. I studied biology at Harvard University where I wrote for The Harvard Lampoon and also began writing poetry. I have since made a living variously as a comedy screenwriter, teacher, and private tutor in math, science and writing. I’ve released three CDs of original music as the singer-songwriter and guitar player for Crooked Roads (listen to latest tracks here: https://soundcloud.com/crooked-roads). My poetry writing has been inspired by Rumi, Billy Collins, William Carlos Williams, e.e. cummings, Antonio Machado, Federico Garcia Lorca, and others. My two books of poetry, "The Morning I Married the Sky," and “Free this Morning” are both available on Amazon.
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