me a sparrow
because I don't drink coffee.
Instantly I grew a beak
and my nervous neck swiveled at
She doesn't know I am
a Gila monster and
once my teeth grab a limb
no fireman can pry me off.
But I'll settle for a sparrow
maybe next week an Egyptian camel.
Elizabeth Swados is an award-winning author
and composer. She is a Tony nominated, Obie winning theater
artist, Guggenheim and Ford Foundation recipient, as well
as a Pen/Faulkner citation. Her latest book, "At Play
-- Teaching Teenagers Theater," was published by Faber
and Faber. Her poetry has appeared in magazines such as New
York Quarterly, Confrontation, Paterson Literary Review, Runes
and Home Planet News. Her first book of poetry, titled "The
One and Only Human Galaxy," was pending release in Spring