Dude, You Killed a Marsupial
for my brother
What I’ve learned about opossums
since that gruesome ordeal
a few summers back
* they have hand-shaped paws
* they have prehensile tails
* they are on display (one of them, at least)
at the Prairie Park Nature Center
which means someone saw fit
to keep one alive
for educational purposes.
Someone whose job
The Nature People seemed to think opossums
have something to offer!
* The one I saw had its own litter box. It knew
how to use a litter box, just like
* In spite of resembling a rodent, the opossum
is North America’s only marsupial.
* They pouch their young!
* You killed America’s kangaroo.
And I helped. In the capture, at least. Though
in our defense, it was wreaking havoc
in mom and dad’s garage.
* Opossums can give birth to up to thirteen babies
after a gestation of only seven days.
They have two litters per year.
* You may have saved mom and dad
from later having 26 opossums in their garage.
* At three months old, the babies
emerge from the pouch
and ride on the mother’s back.
* If startled, opossums have a faint reflex
known as “playing dead.”
Maybe it was
George Brett’s Labradoodle
May 30, 2012
George Brett’s dog is missing,
and I intend to find him.
Or her. I’m not sure at this point
whether it’s a boy or a girl. All I know
is that it’s George Brett’s dog,
and man, it’s gone.
George Brett tweeted
just seconds ago, says my wife,
that his beloved black Labradoodle had up
and taken off, and he – George Brett
– the greatest Kansas City Royal
of all time! – George Brett – the Hall
-of-Famer! – George Brett – one
of the finest third-baseman
ever to play the game! –
George Brett wanted to enlist the public’s help
in finding his much-loved Charlie.
Charlie! So it’s a he. Probably.
And there would be
for whoever so happens
to find Charlie.
And Charlie lives
in Kansas City. Mission Hills
near Tomahawk and Seneca.
And we, we live
a half hour west. George Brett
and George Brett’s dog, presumably,
are within 30 miles of where we now sit.
Of where we now stand.
Of where we now rise
to the occasion,
to the call, where we go
help a man in need, a man
who is missing a friend
who is missing – a man
to be George Brett
but who’s not beyond asking
for help, not beyond seeking
the assistance of people
like you and me.
So – off we go: off to be
hero to a hero.