fly up and pow apart
from the bird they were.

Now we will shoot the post
and kill the fence. It is

good to knock things down
and destroy them. We are

like a good storm or an
earthquake and some lava.

Life will come back by itself.
And we will come back too.

We are not bad people.
We are happy monsters.

Ron Padgett

Ron Padgett is currently in Vienna and can’t even imagine a monster.
His new collection Alone and Not Alone comes out in the spring of 2015.
“Feathers” is reprinted from his Collected Poems with the permission of Coffee House Press.