United States, (contemporary)
The Three Big Pigs
- With money’s vain and silly reach,
- they bought a brand new Suburban,
- parked it neatly in an urban nest,
- killed the weeds, barked the lawn, and went
- shopping for emus and pot-belly pigs.
- “They’re trainable and couth
- expressions of bourgeoisie,”
- said bibles of their country club.
- Now, Mother Nature intervened.
- You pack three unschooled pigs
- in the back seat, stop for lunch to
- fill up the hump, pat their heads,
- and lock the car — then you learn.
- As a common crow does in the middle
- of an eagle’s hungry path.
- Swoop, swat, gulp — nothing but feathers left
- in a pillowcase of threadbare clouds.
- Idiot number one put pig number one
- on a leash and thought it would hold —
- rather the same as tying down
- a cyclone with a rope of pearls.
- The pigs weren’t grown, but they knew their mud
- and obedience class was a children’s book
- with milkshake madness in its lap.
- While the second pig slept,
- the third was dreaming up his exit plan —
- a freedom burst through a nose of glass
- the way all beasts return to their feral states.
- With dignity and a humongous mess.
- Slivers were stupid evidence
- of carnal’s smugness at its finest
- meeting fateful’s thorny throne.
- Like Ahab in the mouths of whales,
- their wallets weren’t prepared
- for the manner in which oink oink wins.
- Garnering these “inside pets”
- was like fishing for trout and
- hooking the jaws of Moby Dick.
- It makes a funnier poem
- since it wasn’t our car.
first published in The Horsethief’s Journal.
About the Poet
Janet Buck, Ph.D., US poet is a six-time Pushcart Nominee and the author of four collections of poetry. Her work has recently appeared in Zuzu’s Petals Quarterly, Poetrybay, The Montserrat Review, Atomic Petals, Verse Libre Quarterly, Coelacanth, The Oklahoma Review, Southern Ocean Review, Moondance, Liberty Hill, The Rose & Thorn, Junket, New Works Review and Recursive Angel.
Recent awards include first place in Kimera’s Poetry Contest 2001, Sol Magazine’s 2001 Poem of the Year, and the 2001 and 2002 Kota Press Anthology Prize. [DES-1/06]