Skunk on a Pedestal

How did it climb so high
half-blind and full-stupid,
with cudgel limbs and simple wants,
why did it get up there?
It can’t be comfortable
up there where the scavenge is so meek
and marble’s cold on feet.
but it’s not coming down on its own.
Everyone’s watching it now,
wondering what it’s doing,
pinching their noses and keeping their distance
everyone’s watching it now.
Somebody will have to get it down,
not me, not me,
I know a skunk will spray its’ stink
even when you’re helping.

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