a coconut perched on a stick
shares the table with a chimpanzee,
a rock, a physicist and a theologian.
together they discuss existence,
exchanging theories on beginnings and ends.
since the living can become dead
and there is no sense of time
the rock wins all arguments
except with wind and water
and the price of the bill.
Joseph Farley edited Axe Factory for 24 years. His books include Suckers, For The Birds and Longing for the Mother Tongue.