Peter Kline

Second Fig

It’s easy picking
out my kind—
straight in front
but bent behind

so we don’t quite fit
in standard slots:
funny money.
Connect the dots:

We turn a sideways
question mark.
We elocute.
We cuss. We bark.

We beg for treats
then toss out bones.
Part skin-on-skin,
part silicone,

we make the bread
then fake the meat.
We’re almost good
enough to eat.