The Palm of the Paw
Published in Fogged Clarity
Before we boarded the train
Father buried our bobbed tails
And showed us how to pull dogskin
Over our long ears. The countryside
Licked our window like tongues, swollen
With raw honey and beer. At dawn
The conductor brought eReaders
And flowers, tea and hot cross buns.
I still recall the vase of mums, red
As rabbit giggle: grass-stuffed guts.
When we pulled into the station
He reminded me: walk straight, proud,
Bear your fangs, and levitate
At the drop of a top hat.