April is National Poetry Month. But it’s also Paleobiology Month. Who knew? I mean, besides a calendar company in Wisconsin?
In honor of that, here’s a quick tribute to both:
After They Resurrect the Mastodon,
I hope I win a golden ticket
’cause rides are awesome, but who likes waiting in line?
Imagine the view from atop its shoulders—
all the way to the parking lot,
and eye to eye with the mastodon balloons
that pretty vendor is selling.
In a former life, she was a lifeguard
but dropped that to be a part of history.
I want that too,
my name below a photograph
titled “Man as Ice-Age Astronaut.”
But first I want a churro;
those things smell delicious.
How do I get this mastodon to bring me over there?
Rob Carney’s fourth book, 88 Maps, was published by Lost Horse Press (distribution by University of Washington Press). Previous books and chapbooks include Story Problems and Weather Report, both from Somondoco Press.