By Richard King Perkins II*

“To call a man an animal is to flatter him;
he’s a machine, a walking dildo.”

—Valerie Solanas

Tree branch
damp with dew

bobs its
raw greenery

out here
a pseudo pairing walks

she breathes
but it’s only been given

the likeness
of a man

speaking French
in theorems and algorithms

she succumbs
despite knowing.


*Richard King Perkins II is a state-sponsored advocate for residents in long-term care facilities. He is a three-time Pushcart nominee and a Best of the Net nominee whose work has appeared in more than a thousand publications. He lives in Crystal Lake, IL.


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