Orangutan

by Mag Gabbert

It’s New Years Eve
And my life is predictable
I’ve been to Europe a couple times
Done some sightseeing
Castles mainly
I have eaten grilled cheese
Sandwiches and chips
Flavored with sour cream
Watched vampire movies
And one time I did go camping
In a teepee with my best friend
After watching the sun rise
Out of the blue that morning
Later on we took a bath
In a claw foot tub
Facing opposite ways
Nervously laughing
Every time our damp skin grazed
The other and we would say
You’re not real
Not real not real
Which I guess was surprising
And kind of celebratory
Like a sudden orangutan
Too big to shield himself
With an umbrella of leaves
Very Suessian-Muppety
And even extraterrestrial
Or cerebral
Up there in the trees

About Mag Gabbert

Mag Gabbert holds a PhD in creative writing from Texas Tech University and an MFA from The University of California at Riverside. Her essays and poems have been published in or are forthcoming from 32 PoemsStirringThe RumpusThe Boiler JournalPhoebe, Sugar House Review, andBirmingham Poetry Review, among other venues. Mag teaches creative writing for the Graduate Department of Liberal Studies at Southern Methodist University and for Writing Workshops Dallas. She also serves as an associate editor for Iron Horse Literary Review. For more information, please visit maggabbert.com.