the Bears: Philip, Fancy, and Craig

during the lunch-time lull
a girl danced in front of the cage

recently escaping her mother
the girl shimmied around like a famous girl on tv

Craig dropped his doughnut immediately and it made a dull ffp
Philip slowly rotated his head
he scratched his eye

sunlight hit the girl's braces and blinded Fancy when he looked up
he chased the red spot
ran into the pond

the girl laughed and she danced and danced fast
the zoo worker looked up from his cellphone and almost smiled

the bears congregated in the gazebo

the zoo worker loudly tried out ring-tones

the bears whined a sound like wood scraping wood

the wood rubbed the girl's ribs

she stopped dancing and the wood hit wood and hit her mother

her mother was so ready to scold but heard

Craig's hairs stuck out from the wooden whine

an ant discovered the doughnut and feasted for hours

Fancy's whine dropped pitch and now there was harmony

the zoo worker could not hear ring tones

the girl became unafraid


buying money

I really really miss buying money
I would use my socks and my candy and I would buy money
a good alternative for someone with old items

the pink toaster, feather headdress, cute lamp, Merlin’s hat, hot pink calculator, deluxe toothbrush set, my pet balloon

I would lay it out on the trundle

this was usually after we ran the pro races
he wore the entire pro athletic clothing set (shoes, vest and shorts)
my pocket was puffed with cash

we ran one pro race per day
then bathed
and did homework

he brushed his teeth with my deluxe toothbrush
and I brushed with an ordinary one from the store
then I bought money

I knew about money
that it piled exact and thin
that it bundled in families and waited in suitcases
it could turn at any moment into a pool
or a fat fat turkey
a dripping diamond necklace

it wasn't trash, though it smelled so old

but he displayed his clothes in his room
it was filled with things
it had grown into materials
he had more yo-yos than days of the week
he wore his pro sleepwear
he was a mansion owner in his bedroom
and he was only 5