There Should Be an Animal
We should have been raised
by glowing orbs of light—
floating through fog valleys,
rising, rising in the sun.
We should have been instructed
by hands that are not hands,
given a superior comfort
not found among our own.
There should be an animal above us,
large, not speaking our language,
saving our masterless inbred litter
from looking for boots to lick.
After a rather extended and varied second childhood in New Orleans, Matt Dennison’s work has appeared in Rattle, Bayou Magazine, Redivider, Natural Bridge, The Spoon River Poetry Review and Cider Press Review, among others. He has also made videos with poetry videographers Michael Dickes, Swoon, and Marie Craven.