M e g T u i t e
Steve drove to animal shelters across the county
like another man drives to strip clubs
after mom and her two cats died.
He paid cash for all forty pairs of eyes that
now followed him while he paced,
hopped up on Flonase and Animal Crackers.
They listened to his fears.
Men got struck by lightning
six times more than women.
There was the mounting price of litter,
what to wear to the grocery store
and why he never dated.
They howled like his mother,
but unlike her,
let him smoke inside.