By Mike O’Connell

there never was
can never be
creatures classified
as arctic manatees
just as a slug is not a bird
arctic and manatees
do not go together
we were informed
(by an expert on the subject)
that like flying unicorns
the things do not exist
despite the insistence
of narcissistic pedantic
know it all s that they ve
seen them fed them and have
photographs somewhere
(must be in the cloud)
of one playing with a beach ball
balanced on beam and
dancing like a wave
across a frozen sea
of stupidity not
near as smart
as an actual manatee