The Sky Is Falling: An Animal Poem.

they ripped from the sky  

like chicken little  

& because bureaucrats let scientists do what they do  

they went ahead & found the bubonic plague 

in a squirrel over there  

in denver. 

the little mammals were 

maybe our 1st line  

maybe they had come to their limit  

& teemed all the way out the Colorado sky 

maybe their lives had been taken out. 

Like stolen African enslaved women who cascaded their fresh babies from the ship  to save 

maybe the trumped up & over orange beast tasted bitter in the mouths of their fur lines  miniature bodies. 

James Baldwin: I can’t believe what you say, because I see what you do. 

they went ahead & found the bubonic plague 

in a squirrel over there 

in denver. 

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Shaun McCarthy
Shaun McCarthy (she/her) is an adult learner and an english major with a concentration in creative writing. She is also a local comedian and stage actor.