Feed Me the Part of the Animal

Michael Bazzett

Feed me the part of the animal

no one else wants, the wiry bone

cage of its back, its knotted feet

picked clean and fried with greens

ripped from a dusty ditch. Serve it

to me in a tin can with powdered

glass sprinkled on top. Let me

die slowly: let the tiny lacerations

bleed it out of me, the poison

they planted so long ago. Allow

my body to return to its human

shape before they find it: then

no one will be forced to confront

what we have always been, mostly-

wolf, mostly-ape, and so, so clever.

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