"Can You Draw Petey?"

The who that I was—would you say
I had "aptitude"? I don't know,
but I do know strangers
often referred to my stride as "traipsing,"
that I'd been convicted of many things:
disposing of lab animal carcasses
in barrels of hazardous waste
behind the elementary school,
hacking down a giant redwood
on speedůBut what comes, goes—
lawd, don't cha know?
I sang
to her from my pool float
as she waded in up to her neck
brace, knocked me out cold,
then carved a parrot in my forehead
with a boxcutter I'd written my name on
that has since been taken away
as evidence.

Jennifer L. Knox

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