lily shrouded saguaro cactus
draped venom & armadillo undulations
skeleton locomotion & fluffy coyote
gnawing webbed mouth eat cougar
the skull of man is distinguished
has not been crossed by the shadow of a bird
sink silently beneath the water
the air from their bodies
is not strong enough to crush bones.
Meant to be read aloud. It's not a poem, but an exercise in splattering language. It was was pulled from my wanderings in the Natural History Museum of Iowa City. I patched together scraps of the dry descriptions about stuffed fowl and hanging whale skeletons. There's nothing like taxidermy to inspire the creepy manipulation of language.
Try it out! Take a stroll and steal bits of language from the Walk/Don't Walk signs, cereal boxes, and bumper stickers.
Language is delicious. Delight in it!