2006 – Joanne Lowery – Worry, the Kangaroo

Poetry selection from the 2006 issue

Worry, the Kangaroo
by Joanne Lowery

chases you across his continent
boing boing boing
dukes up for a quick one-two.

He can wallop you with his tail,
stomp you with size 20 feet,
chomp a chunk with his big buckies.

Should you survive the encounter,
the joey in the pouch will finish
what other marsupials started.

An inch long, naked as a rat,
it peeks over the edge of its mom,
jumps when the world jumps:

life is nothing but ups and downs.
While you crawl to the last waterhole,
he’s right behind you getting a free ride.

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