Sleepless Man, Chicken-Like
Ron Singer

Sleepless man, chicken-like,
ridiculous, distracted,
under battery light
night after night,
high wattage for
big egg and bird.

Egged on by speed
to speed up the egg,
shits, wets, farts,
twitches, darts
his chicken head.
Beaky, drawn,
scrawny, plump,
eyes beady, red,
comb under neck,
scutter, grind, scratch, bump.

Sleepy, sleepless
chicken man,
headless, yes,
headless, not.
Metabolized sot,
bird of small brain
stays out in the rain,
compulsive talker,
mawkish squawker
under duress,
dead of stress.