Self-Portrait as a Laboratory Dog

Saturday, July 15, 2023

high holy enzyme       rile my saliva
nameless stimulus       splinter my sleep 

merciful researchers    pearl out my urges
for gossip for gristle.  already in your presence 

I feel myself changed I froth at the bell   
I scratch at the cage I rage 

in my basement hutch.  watch: 
there is no place outside of the brain   

dear Pavlov   dear Skinner                   
I call       to the kennels of heaven 

there’s a creature in my skin
and I don’t know what it eats

Saturday, July 15, 2023