Animals & Instruments

Avis Dam, Windhoek, Namibia

. . . like baboons barking.
                                                   Like these baboons by the parking lot, females flashing
melon-ripe vaginas. Or the dog who salutes my front tire, sending his fellow
a p-mail with martial subject line—
                                                                    like them, we’re brilliant at making signs

furred and clawed . . . furred and clawed
and beaked, our languages
                                                  —so often we’ve plucked

what tools we sign them with
from other signers’ bodies.

                                                    Like feathers.
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