Sick of ink (a professional worder)
I went into the biosphere
With two botanizers, a birder,
And a Leave-No-Trace-Trained mountaineer.
We witnessed the sacred in several classes.
They showed me how elevations flatten
On a topo map. Through fine field glasses
We confirmed a quantity of Latin.
Idle by nature, sick of talk,
I went into the somewhat wild
With an undifferentiated dog,
An apple, a gum wrapper, and a six year old.
The crags scratched our eyeballs. A brace of Quink
Came burtling out of their whiskets. Old Breather
Whulphed. It wasn't what you think,
Exactly. I guess you had to be there.
Antioch Review Summer 2012
Copyright © 2012 by Richard Kenney
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