Robert Beveridge
what will we tell our children
about the extinction of the great
armadillo, the parsnip shortage
of 1987, the parting of the Red Hair?
what tales of ghosts with hooks
for hands who worked the soda
counter at the five and dime
will we tell around campfires
ringed with chips from Stonehenge?
Are you old enough to have ever
even been to a mom-and-pop
video store? Did your ex-girlfriend
tape over your entire Bananas
in Pajamas collection with 900
number commercials? Did you walk
the dog in the autumn twilight,
look for fireflies, discarded lottery
tickets, cute unattached high-school
seniors? How old were you when you
learned your dog was stuffed?
Did you develop a coke habit,
or have you remained a Pepsi man
your entire life? When you wake
up tomorrow, will another three
species have gone extinct, or
will it be 1986 and time to buy
every parsnip at Piggly Wiggly?

Robert Beveridge (he/him) makes noise ( and writes poetry in Akron, OH. Recent/upcoming appearances in Blood and Thunder, Feral, and Grand Little Things, among others.