In Honor of Poetry As It Should Be — Chrystos Reads

My friend Susan (who deserves a whole ‘nother essay because we did AMAZING things together) gave me Not Vanishing by Chrystos. I return to this book of poems over the years to remind myself that you must keep fighting to be heard. As you are. 

This is another favorite of mine:


                         i know

you don’t want to be eaten

anymore than a cow or a pig or a chicken does

but          they’re the vicious vegetarians

& they say you do

Gobbling up the innocent green beings who gladden

any reasonable person’s heart

     I’ll tell you little lettuce

you’ll see them in cowskin shoes & belts

     & nobody can make sense of that

Those virtuous vegetarians they’ll look at you with prim distaste

     while you enjoy your bacon

                         Makes me want

to buy some cowboy movie blood capsules

     Imagine an introduction

I’d like you to meet Lily, she’s a non-smoking non-drinking

vegetarian separatist Pisces with choco-phobia 

and I smile

while secretly biting down on the capsules concealed in my cheeks

     then shake her hand       drooling blood

I whisper

Hi        I’m a flaming carnivorous double Scorpio who’ll eat anything 

& as she wilts in dismay      trembles with trepidation

hisses with disgust

Ah         then        little lettuces

      we’ll have our moment of laughing revenge

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About Kristen Chapman Gibbons

Loosely connected facts: Storyteller. Curator of a Better Internet. Lifelong Politico. Social Media Maven. Creativity and Empathy Evangelist. Performer. Creator of Content Worth Sharing. Digital Strategist. Former Social Worker. Decade teaching in Higher Ed. Master's Degree in Theology. Married to an Irishman. 3 darling kiddos. Preacher's kid. Appalachian. Music maker. Music devour-er. ENTP. Bohemian. Geeky. Obsessed with thrift stores and all things vintage. Lover of species.

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