HAPPY ALL THE TIME


Let's go where the leopard
is known as the panther
and versatile quotes
from the Bible
adorn heart walls,
where neighborhood dogs
divulge the close-kept secrets
of their masters
and more new species
than die-offs are recorded,
where invading armies
turn back at the border
and the flowers brim
with pirate rum,
where I wear a silk top hat
and rubber-band bracelets
and you, my dear, nothing at all.