Photograph via Flickr by occhiovivo

Two of everything, it’s written somewhere, meaning a breeding pair.
But I’ve wondered, alone and feral, under the puzzle-pieced
night sky, about the duds—bum steers and defiants,
the intersown paramours, the shamed livestock
whose omnivorous urges I hear cruising the zoo park.

When the ancient stockpiling crossed the dock,
ascended the plank, and the rank and file
hoof, talon, and foot found their arrangements readied,
surely they sensed difference, some before the first coitus
was rattled to completion at sea.

I’ve lounged with my particulars between lovers
and seen in a mirror where my hands were lain
after wriggling when I should’ve zipped. In other words,
I’ve got cavities of experience. Thus the old ark’s
too pure for my taste: one of everything, I say,
and come on, come forward, come what may.


Eric Higgins

Eric Higgins has poems appearing in Prairie Schooner, The Greensboro Review, Zone 3, Conjunctions, and elsewhere. A recent recipient of a Vermont Studio Center fellowship, he has a PhD in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Houston, where he was awarded the Inprint Verlaine Prize in Poetry.