My Friend Nancy Sheffer

We were awakened
by our guards
who began to search every nook
and cranny of our cell.
Trim off the limp or
the discolored outer leaves,
they were adamant, frisked us
even though we were naked or
in Frank’s case hadn’t
shed his boxer shorts.
What had we done
in the night? Who
had we seen?
Nothing. No one.
No? Then what’s this grain?
This grain is an aquatic
grass that grows
wild in shallow
water and
is harvested from a canoe as the Indians first
did it.
Trim off the stalk, cut off the limp.
Then all the talking
ceased and we
were hit with pipes.
My friend Nancy Sheffer, I
must note, advises teaching
greys to play with
toys by playing with
them yourself. But we
were beaten every hour
all that night and all the rest
of that week. Take care:
Don’t let in other household
pets until your
parrot has adjusted
to its new surroundings from the beatings
Frank sank into a cat-
atonic sank into a
catatonic state. We pitied him. For
distraction we read a fascinating
book about New York State which
our Nancy
Sheffer wrote, and
autographed. Frank sprawls there
on his back and looks
like nothing quite so much as a cat
run over by a Mack
truck once the chicks
have fledged their parents push them
out. This
grain, this grain is an aquatic
grass that grows it
grows in shallow wild
like a catatonic cat
all that night trim off the
limp
with pipes our friend Nancy Sheffer
wrote. What had we done? Who
had we seen? No one nothing in
the night. No? And then the pipes, the
pipes, she wrote.

Copyright © 2011 Peter Maeck

My Friend Nancy Sheffer

Peter Maeck

Lexington MA, United States

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