Joanne Kyger

(19 November 1934)

Oh Man Is The Highest Type Of Animal Existing - Poem by Joanne Kyger

'Oh Man is the highest type of animal existing
or known to have existed
but differs from other animals
more in his extraordinary mental
development than in anatomical
structure . . .'
Well when I think of men
I think of then in a sexual manner
Otherwise, I don't notice the difference, you know

being absorbed as being one just thinks 'people'
and not 'male' and 'female' so much as someone
to talk to. And how men are all

the same being born from Man and Woman and out
of a woman's body commonly known as 'Mother.'

'And God said let us make MAN in our own image,
after our likeness and let them have dominion.'

And 'Nature may stand up
and say to all the world,
'This was a MAN!''

And then 'I pronounce you MAN
and wife.'

Daddy you is dandy

when you're here. Shrill and soft old Autumnal

wind blow and we are tucked below

the shallow soil where seeds spring
up and wither quickly
flirting madly.

I've got him now,

the beautiful one for my part

of the year here in my dark
and expensive underground
all mine before he is shared

and killed again by the fearless boar
he is hunting and torn apart
and his blood runs out and red roses and anemones

bloom and it is spring and
he is gone again

That man about town gone again . . .

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, January 10, 2012

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