shelters steamed with rich meat

down pillows and comforters –

predator-prey relationship reestablished

in the spirit of holiday cheer


I want to steal crackers from Safeway

all the crackers – Ritz, Cheez-Its, stoned

wheat, hard and salty, even pretzels –

and crumble them in the park, all over the park

then trail then behind me, broad as the street

down Main Street so that an army

of geese and squirrels will follow me, blocking traffic


until we turn into the parking lot,

prop open the McDonald’s door

and turn loose the French fries

fattening birds for Christmas dinners

Cratchit style while redecorating floors,

reintroducing nature, returning the favors