Chicken Human

by Jerry Ratch


I was in a Chinese restaurant

trying to read the menu

when I realized Hunan

was only 1 letter off of Human


I thought it read Chicken Human

This was just in a dream, so I ordered it

It was delicious, but kind of salty


Then someone at another table said

Boy, we're all really

just a bunch of salted nuts, aren't we?


I actually found myself nodding my big

human head in agreement

and found myself scratching under my feathers

when I realized I had wings


Went on realizing

even more about myself

Started a whole new class in self realization

I looked around at the others in my situation


We were perched in boxes

giving birth to ourselves

saying What? Wha…a…at? Wha…a…at?