Arrogant Coffee

There are not enough
poems about manatees

If you are interested in human
rights being kicked like a dog
and justice being dragged
through mud, you can find it

If you are interested in love
that aches with a “burning
heart” or a “bleeding soul”
you can find it

If you are interested in death
that holds out its hand
to you like relief, or takes
one too early, you can find it

But where, I ask, do you find
a badger in a turtleneck?

Or a cup of coffee that doesn’t
sound so self important?

If you’re interested in the
ocean or the sea or maybe
a single “crushing wave
of emotion,” you can find it

If you’re interested in God
dying to save you, or God
abandoning you to the darkness
you can find it

If you’re interested in athletics—
especially running towards
dreams and horizons—and
losing and winning, you can find it

But where, I ask, do you find
a good left-handed centipede?

Or a wonderful, ice cold beer that
doesn’t turn into alcoholism?

If you want to find a poem about
how the “gray rain spills from
the clouds like the pain”
you can find it

If you don’t want to find a poem
about rain you’ll still find it
(cause those rain poems
are everywhere)

If you’re looking for a poem
about regret and forgiveness
and cruel mercy making false
promises, you can find it

But where, I ask, do you find
a barbarian ballerina?

Or a cigarette whose smoke doesn’t
outline the shadows of a lost soul?

Show me these things, show me
a fat manatee, and I will finally
take a deep breath and smile

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