No Cute Pets
A Cat Named Pig
—for Beth

She kept this 40-pound cat,
meaner than a bucket of badgers.
A dog-sized cat
        with cat-sized attitude,
prowling Godzilla-like
through the apartment,
crushing whole cities
under the heft of her gaze.

Copyright 2013, Johnny Nickles

Johnny Nickles believes his poems shouldn’t be more than 9 lines long. He lives in a one-room shack near present-day Seneca, Nebraska. His home has neither electricity nor running water. He aims to keep it that way.

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