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New TCBH! poem: 'Bestiary: The old gang'

By dlindorff - Posted on 17 December 2015

Mouse (who never had an evil thought)

Asked penguin (who never raped or pillaged),

Have you seen caterpillar

(that one who never held anyone at gunpoint)?

Oh, you mean butterfly, said penguin,

Now he is butterfly (but, just like caterpillar,

He never held anyone at gunpoint either).

Crow (who never stabbed anyone in the back),

Who happened to overhear this conversation,

Said he just saw butterfly

Flying over the garden.

Should I tell him you want him? asked crow.


Just then up crept lion (who never bought or sold sex).

What’s going on around here? he asked

He was looking at mouse, who seemed to be in charge.

And mouse (who never had an evil thought)

Was looking back at lion wide-eyed.

I thought you were poisoned! said mouse.

I was poisoned, said lion, but I rallied.

I’m still not feeling tiptop.


Those humans. . .

Said worm (who never cheated at cards).

Sticking his head out of a hole in the ground,

They’ll put you on a hook and throw you in the river.

Yeah, why do they do that shit, said crow...


For the rest of this poem by GARY LINDORFF, resident poet at ThisCantBeHappening!, please go to:

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