what wants to get let loose

Photo by Keyur Nandaniya on Unsplash

while joe exotic sits in his prison cell
— bangs, grown too-long, like mine
experiencing captivity
sober &, perhaps, sex-free —
covid gallops on.
his new husband says joe might have it

the death sets in
it doesn’t stop being crazy
a baby girl is going to be born
into the next iteration of it
to a man i’d truly have a hard time not
hurting with my bare hands, were we to meet

and.
travis is gone.

thinking of ocean vuong’s
“on earth we’re briefly gorgeous”
& of his trevor, dead of an overdose

being gone.

thinking of these men,
poor & sweating, riding something or other,
trying to live
but still dying

thinking of male domination
of the impulse to be king,
of the desire for dominion
over all that is wild

the ways we capture

sound of the neighbor’s pitbull
barking, caged behind a metal door
the clanging of animal ferocity
meeting man-made metal

something inside me curdles

magnificent teeth,
no match for opposable thumbs

touched on the inside
by what wants to get let loose

5–10k tigers live in the US
domesticated, while fewer than
4k still live in the truly wild places

i’m inside myself
weeping at the addiction,
the hellbent on control
the orgy of flames,
leaping ever higher

heard some tigers
at the bronx zoo
have tested positive
for covid

what will survive these times?
we can’t know

it’s not funny

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poet. coach. queer. seed-grower. love-maker. creatrix-worshipper. ancestor-reverent {r}evolutionary.

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Michelle Puckett

Michelle Puckett

poet. coach. queer. seed-grower. love-maker. creatrix-worshipper. ancestor-reverent {r}evolutionary.

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