Frog Legs
by Michael Lambert

you can’t boil a frog
by just throwing it into
a pot of boiling water.

you have to turn up the heat slowly
like a fade-out in reverse
then it is content
in being boiled alive.

Mr. Frog won’t even try to jump out.

male lobsters apparently are more diplomatic.

they build chains and attempt
to scale the castle walls,
while the females attack each other
in their last acts of desperation.

I look around the room, in the elevators
and in the stairs and I think,

is it getting warm in here?

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