typical man

like most men     when i’m alone

in a room     no matter what

else i’m doing     one hand

always ends up in contact

w/ my genitals     either

directly or through clothing

consciously or subconsciously

how do i know what most

men do alone in a room?

well     i am also a shapeshifter

& on warm summer nights

i become a moth & go

from place to place     surveying

loneliness where it breeds



[originally published in The Dimebag of Poetry, 2004]