here’s what it’s like to drink water, 1980

by dm gillis

we found a stone animal the size of a credenza
in a canyon round about Drumheller

it getting dark &
knowing no one questions night
we lit a lantern & ate beans

the water’s near gone one of us said
there were but two of us

hoodoos & goddam dinosaurs I said
then threw an empty can so far
that all we heard was a dime store echo

beans the other of us said
fuckin’ goddam beans
have some water?

sure
& I spilled a splash onto the gritty dirt we’d sat our asses on

for the critter I said
that’s one dead fuckin’ critter
deader ‘an a goddam hoodoo

righteous

 

 

 

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