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John Dorroh

A Reason to Leave Lake Charles – A Poem by John Dorroh

A Reason to Leave Lake Charles

The kitchen table stretches out for a mile
into the next parish. Your morning lips
consume half the rim of a coffee cup as you prepare
to pour out your demands for the day. I am already
tired.

I see the brown water slowly rising in the east
and am worried that the basement was never
properly sealed. Overweight rain drops pelt
the windows like rocks. I invite the dogs to come inside.
They seem to appreciate my concern.

My mother is sick again. I can hear the desperation
in her voice, weak and scratchy. She would never ask me
to move home. Not her style.

You call at 10:30 to make sure that I have met the Fedex
man and changed the sheets in the guest room for your
sister who will camp here for a month. You don’t ask
about the dogs.

I drive west. Charlie and Sam breathe on the windows
and paw the glass. They beg for fresh air, and I understand.
It’s a long trip home, but we can take our time.

 

 

About the Poet:  John Dorroh continues to explore his world, both in his immediate environment and beyond. “Sometimes it takes getting away to find what’s within.” He taught high school science for a couple of eras and is now more selective about when and where he works.

 

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Discussion with a Science Teacher: Fish in the Anus – A Poem by John Dorroh

Discussion with a Science Teacher: Fish in the Anus

Mister, is it true that a fish can live
in a cucumbers ass? and I
didn’t know that cucumbers
had assholes. I’ll never eat those
again, Mister.

Yes, it’s true. I read that a certain
small fish in the Gulf of Cortez can
and does spend part of its life
in a sea cucumber’s anus. A
sea cucumber is not the same
thing that appears in salads.

Oh, that’s good. Can you help
me find a picture, Mister? I
need to write a report for my
science teacher, and I wanted
something really cool.

Well, I think you found it. But
be careful how you write it.

What do you mean, Mister?

Don’t copy word-for-word
and don’t use “ass” or
“hole,” especially together.
Your teacher may
not approve. And include
where you found it on the
internet. That’s called your
sources.

Mister, do you think that
there are other animals
that live in other animals’
body parts?

Yes, indeed. There’s a bug
in her ear and butterflies
in my stomach.

Thank you, Mister. You are
a nice man.

Good luck with your report.
And remember, no assholes, okay?

 

 

About the Poet:
John Dorroh taught high school science for 30 years and met students wherever they were and helped them to discover their gifts. He used writing and reading-based strategies to help them learn science concepts and principles. John has a book of micro-fiction, about 30 science diddies, and several poems in various print and on-line publications.

 

 

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