Coyote, wolf, deer, owl…
I choose the animal I need
to jump your rational fence.
You catch me by the roadside—
a coyote walking on his hind feet.
Look into my blood-red eyes.
I hypnotize you just long enough
to get back on all fours
and move beyond Cartesian lines.
You’ve got four dimensions—
width, height, length, time.
I’ve got five. Move through
like water through sand.
Seep into, take over whatever
meets my gaze, allows me
to disappear before your cell phone
can pixelate my face.
You don’t stare down a bear—
not if you value your life!
Look at me: I become you.
You’ll do my bidding;
if you’re lucky, die
before I jump hosts again.
Your people call me skin walker;
feel the hitchhike tingle
of my presence as I take control.
Multiple personality or possession?
It don’t matter when I’ve got
you on my platter.
Your skin may crawl
or quiver. You tell yourself
it’s just a virus. You’re
a bad head cold or fever,
but by then I’m looking
through your eyes,
apprising the next rock
across the stream of molecules,
the river that runs through us all.
I’m your totem animal,
any animal you want to be,
but you can’t cross the same stream
S-s-skin walker. S-s-skin
Light as a skeeter’s peter.
Gonna be the death of you.
email@example.com, wrote BP #76’s poems, “Honey Island
Swamp Monster,” “Skin Walker,” and “Ucu.” From a series called Cryptid Shindig, the poems from this
collection concern cryptid encounters, ET lore, or unexplained phenomena;
others have appeared in three published volumes in the series: Why Were All the
Werewolves Men? (Thistledown
Press, 1994), Nothing Definite Yeti (Ekstasis
Editions, 1999), Take Me to Your Leader!
(Bayeux Arts Inc., 2003), and in a New & Selected volume called Bigfoot Boogie.
Just retired from a
thirty-year gig teaching English and Creative Writing at Lethbridge College, the
published thirty books in that time, counting a forthcoming volume. His
most-recently published books are haikai poetry collections: Fruit Wedge
Moon (Hidden Brook Press, 2015) and The
Heiligen Effect (Ekstasis Editions, 2015).