Duet, or, The Heroic Hamster

Duet
by Michael R. Burch

If love is just an impulse meant to bring
two tiny hearts together, skittering
like hamsters from their Quonsets late at night
in search of lust’s productive exercise . . .

If love is the mutation of some gene
made radiant—an accident of bliss
played out by two small actors on a screen
of silver mesh, who never even kiss . . .

If love is evolution, nature’s way
of sorting out its DNA in pairs,
of matching, mating, sculpting flesh’s clay . . .
why does my wrinkled hamster climb his stairs

to set his wheel revolving, then descend
and stagger off . . . to make hers fly again?

Published by Bewildering Stories and The HyperTexts




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Written on 2021-06-08 at 00:19

Tags Hamster  Pets  Animals 

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Michael R. Burch The PoetBay support member heart!
i like ee's mini-me-alist method 2
2021-06-09


Coo & Co The PoetBay support member heart!
Very much so! We like the e. e. cummings approach :>)
2021-06-08


Michael R. Burch The PoetBay support member heart!
Thanks Coo & Co., I'm glad you liked my poetic "escape!"

In my youth, I became a fan of e. e. cummings and have quite a few poems where I use lower case except for words I want to emphasize. That method seemed perfect for a poem about a lilliputian!
2021-06-08


Coo & Co The PoetBay support member heart!
Excellent, Mike. Highlights include 'skittering', 'hamsters from their Quonsets', and the splendid final couplet. We like the formatting and the use of ellipses too :>)
2021-06-08