MAD LIBS: insert animal names here, instead

By | 15 May 2023

and mom, I said —
the (dolphin) at the public pool
stole my first kiss, the grey wet
snout like a gun on my face,
chattering and whistling
in my ear

and mom, I said —
the (hippopotamus) in the library
wanted me to stay, his mouth
gaping, the teeth chipped and strange
and that long flailing tongue
hanging out like a noose

and mom, I said —
the (zebra) on the escalator
in the shopping mall stood striped
and silent behind me,
his bizarre hair bristly and sharp
on my skin

and mom, I said,
I was in primary school when
the teacher brought us to the zoo
and made us learn their names.

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