by Neil de la Flor, Maureen Seaton,
and Kristine Snodgrass
Three pals etched and bonding, two laughing, one coy.
Jaunty, jauntier, and propped up with a stick.
The cat in the suit is almost invisible.
Is that Pinocchio’s brother?
The one next to the wolf wearing a top hat?
What did the dude in the cat suit steal? Anybody?
The wolf has really long hair like Snow White’s.
The boy’s shoelaces are untied, dangling.
Is the sky really that blue?
That little boy can’t be trusted.
Do you believe me?
I think their names are Imelda, Ida, and Lambda.
Everybody’s authentic and off-guard, like flowers.
I’d be proud to date any one of them.
From Two Thieves and a Liar: Poems in Collaboration by Neil de la Flor, Maureen Seaton, and Kristine Snodgrass, JackLeg Press, jacklegpress.com. Reprinted with permission. All rights reserved.