ODE TO MULES, CATBIRDS, INSECTS, AND GOD Interspecies friendships? They’re great, aren’t they? A bonding of pure affection sometimes unequaled in human civilization. A mule wearing a snorkel and goggles enters the high school convocation flopping rubber flippers against the smooth terracotta tiles. You gotta love that! [Yeah] *……* A catbird screeched high above a tulip poplar near the local middle school earlier today, then warbled hieroglyphs before entering our forsythia hedge and vaporizing inside its prickly branches. *……*……* I wonder if we pay enough attention to insects? We mostly complain about them, but they’re preoccupied day in day out with whatever’s required to evolve their DNA. Sounds a lot like us, eh? And what about lusty zebra mosquitos who just want to our be blood brothers? We shouldn’t overlook such things. ◄ ◄…..► ► What’s the last thing that goes through an existentialist’s mind when he smacks the windshield at 90 miles an hour? That’s right, God.
THE NIGHT JOE WATSON & I DOUBLE- DATED TWO BEAUTIES FROM THE THRIFTWAY SUPERMARKET I told Joe, pick whomever, but I prefer the Italian in a canary one-piece with poppy white collar. So, he picked Meg. I liked Meg. I liked Meg a lot with her tamarind arms, bronze legs, & eyelashes like dragonflies haunting my dreams, but, alas, I was mesmerized by the Italian Aphrodite broiled to perfection in a canary one-piece with poppy white collar. So, off the four of us cruised, two of us ending up below the spidery legs of the Lake Worth pier. That night kisses like wild bruises migrated from lips to necks to shoulders in the casual blink of a full moon’s penumbra tattooing hair, flesh, monkey blood, & bones. I told Joe, pick whomever, but I prefer the Italian in a canary one-piece with poppy white collar.
Alan Britt has been nominated for the 2021 International Janus Pannonius Prize awarded by the Hungarian Centre of PEN International for excellence in poetry from any part of the world. Previous nominated recipients include Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Charles Bernstein and Yves Bonnefoy. Alan was interviewed at The Library of Congress for The Poet and the Poem. He has published 20 books of poetry and served as Art Agent for Andy Warhol Superstar, the late great Ultra Violet, while often reading poetry at her Chelsea, New York studio. A graduate of the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University he currently teaches English/Creative Writing at Towson University.