Humanity’s greatest innovations
start by studying the wild.
Our first understanding of medicine
came from watching the changes in eating habits
of sick or injured birds.
This continues today,
like how fish influence automobile aerodynamics,
or how the idea for Velcro came from burs on a dog
or the way bees taught the beauty industry
how to build an empire using, almost exclusively, bulimia.
if someone dies without a next of kin
and no one attends their funeral
a poet is hired to write and recite a piece for their service.
It doesn’t pay a whole lot
but at least I can start writing off
those vats of homemade “hobo poison”
as a tax deductible business expense.
That awkward moment when
you and your ninja buddies
throw a surprise birthday party
for your other ninja pal
& you totally get him with the surprise
but then later everyone is standing around eating cake thinking,
“Haha, we could have murdered Dave.”