Leopard Claws Out Of Mouth

So many friends
and so few minutes,

all of us so tired,
why spend these moments?

And yet
when we come to you
you always
make sure
there are chocolates

on every table,
on every chair.

And as we look at you,
as we always do,

for that is their obligation,
and mine,

You say what you must say,
you do what you must do,
and twirl,

forever hiding.

will never know
who did this.

Los Angeles 2/20/07