I’d Rather Be an Elephant

By Catfish McDaris

PROMPT — No one noticed ...

There will be a few good moments, but mostly it will get worse. Cars and loved ones dying. Yesterday after 2 years of dental work to get perfect teeth for a 68 year old "rode hard and put up wet catfish," they started doing a root canal, which ended up being an extraction. My 3 fake teeth and wisdom tooth extraction all for nothing except for a boat load of money. My lady thought I'd died, they brought her back where I was, 1 dental student, 3 professors, 4 assistants all working me over. My wife thinking WTF! Since Thanksgiving 6 poet pals died, family gone. The small press will always be a war, out of 10 new people you meet, 3 might end up being amigo/as. When I get tiny royalty checks, $.42 or $2.11 my wife gets ticked off because she likes to balance to the penny or peso. Hang tough, you have your youth, when you come to the fork in the road, take it.


 

Catfish McDaris’ most infamous chapbook is Prying with Jack Micheline and Charles Bukowski. He’s from Albuquerque and Milwaukee. His newest books are Ghosts of the War Elephants and Meat Grinder.