From Neil de Grass Tyson’s lecture, “Stupid Design”: “…and what’s this going on between the legs? It’s like an entertainment complex located inside a sewer system.”

Some of the best things in life
happen with your pants off, she said
(smiling in a sly manner that was,
perhaps, a boast and a challenge)

Like giving birth, and swimming,
and dating, of course, that being
her term for her favorite thing
to do with her pants around her

Ankles, which were slender
with the obligatory tattoos, but
instead of a rose or butterfly,
there were two names written,

Tristan and Iseult, and that night
of much tequila I asked her about them
and she said, it’s simple, I didn’t
need them labeled left and right,

And so we laughed the way you do
when you’re drunk off your ass
and the ocean waves are calling
you to strip down and dive in

And the funniest thing in the world
is the hand-painted sign over the bar:
Liquor in the front, Poker in the rear,
and the world, obligingly, spreads her legs.


About Ray Sharp

Father, poet, triathlete, local public health planner
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