Saturday, January 7, 2012
I bark back.
There is only one way for a giant to act. I know this.
I have read it in story rhymes,
so many stories, so many rhymes.
Then I finally encounter one, I am offended by what I see.
The giant barks, sitting on all fours.
His sneakers chewed up and smelling of bile.
Where has this creature come from?
Not even the swamp down by Knott’s old road house could have produced such a dank creature.
This is not what I wanted to see this early in the morning. Out for a morning stroll, thinking about a good breakfast, some sausage and black coffee, maybe a smile from Bettie. I wake from nightmares with visions like this, but to see it barking out on Upper West Tollridge like the full moon was out, like transformation is upon him- I must do something.
The giant barks and I bark back. I release my savage dog. The wild rascal I have tamed inside. My skin starts to burn with the boil of hate.
Soon, the night is black, smelling of old rotten things and dark, still waters that have not moved in centuries. I took him by surprise, myself, covered in the scent of fish, of old and new cigars.
When the giant barked, I barked back.