So, Big Foot walks

Up to you in a bar –

Says, “First, I’m real.”


You sip your beer,

Trying to be nonchalant,

Keeping your amazement

Under wraps. “Second,”


He says, “Climate

Change is real. Just

Ask my cousin, the Yeti.”


You imagine the melting

Ice cave – the slop

on the kitchen floor –


The rising sea

Levels drowning

Miami, Hawaii,


Odiorne State Park.

Big Foot, it seems,

Was here the whole

time and laughing.


But, no more. “What

Do you choose to believe

In and who

informs your choice?”


This is Poem #48 from the  Poem (almost) Everyday Project. Starting in mid-January 2016, I decided for one year to wake mornings and write a poem before my first cup of coffee on each day that I didn’t teach. I was working part-time then, so in the end I wrote 241 poems.  These are second drafts of  those pieces copied directly from my journal with minimal editing from their “vomit draft” state.

Crypto Map

The front page of The International Cryptozoology Museum’s floor map.

This particular poem is part of a series inspired by my visit to The International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine. Some days I’d just point to a location on the museum map above, and write from there.