Published with Permission
by Bamboo Ridge Press (1993)
PUEO DON’T FLY
Bernie let me touch the glass eyes
in the tray at his shop.
He order um from a magazine call Van Dyke.
He tell sheeps and goat get the same eye.
Chinese ring neck pheasant or blue pheasant
same like a chicken or like my rabbit, Clyde.
Bernie, he stuff Clyde when he die last Easter,
but when I seen my rabbit —
all matted his fur was
and his eyes no was the same;
his teeth was real buck not like the real Clyde.
I say, Thanks, Bernie. I know
he trying for be kind to me
but I cry all the way home.
That’s why Bernie say he going quit stuffing pets.