Because of Beasts

Because of beasts, we are not allowed to roar, even when we are watching the notary certifying our claim to 1/10th of an acre with a ranch style home – 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, a garage— for resale.

Because of beasts, we close doors, down windows, double-check locks, invent idioms and champions, learn to walk on two legs, to make sentences, to make cages of our faces.

Because of beasts, idleness is evil. Stop daydreaming! Don’t dawdle! It’s a beautiful day.
Don’t you have anything better to do than read a book? Go on! Get!

Because of beasts, we weave clothes to create new skin because everything is snake-born.

Jessie Carty's work has appeared in such journals as MARGIE, Main Street Rag and The Houston Literary Review. She has two chapbooks in print At the A & P Meridiem (Pudding House 2009) and The Wait of Atom (Folded Word 2009). Her first full length collection, Paper House, is to be released in 2010 by Folded Word Press.

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