Poem: “Squirrel” by Souvankham Thammavongsa




We have a squirrel in the living room
but it’s dead


It doesn’t look dead
the eyes


filled with green glass beads
are open


four little paws frozen in a pose
and a fluffed tail



We put it next to the stuffed animals


they could be friends
and get along altogether now



The stuffed animals range in bright cartoon colors
covered up with balls of lint


and their plastic mouths
hang open



all in on some joke they’ve told




The squirrel
is the only one not laughing



a cost of the matter
of having been real once



and maybe
that’s the joke



to laugh
at what you don’t know




If it could talk
it would say:



at least I’ve known what it is like to be alive



24252101_10159566469225487_555121553_nSouvankham Thammavongsa is the author of Light (2013), winner of the Trillium Book Award for Poetry, Small Arguments (2003), winner of the ReLit Award, and Found (2007), now a short film screened at festivals worldwide including TIFF, L.A. Shorts Fest, and Dok Leipzig. She has been in residence at Yaddo and has read her poems at the Guggenheim Museum.


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