spooked as peals of thunder
bowled over the clouds, my dreams
galloping out of my head with the nightmares,
nostrils flared, a kinetic train-wreck of muscles under wet brown skin
and their tails raised high like flags, snapping
in the dusty wind they kicked up
in the now-empty
corrals of my skull.
Cody Badaracca is from North Routt County (Colorado) but lives in Oklahoma City (Oklahoma) and still dreams about New Mexico and Louisiana (because of the mild winters and variety of reptiles).