Strange True Facts

If you die in Amsterdam with no next of kin, 
and no friends or family to prepare [a] funeral 
or mourn over the body, a poet will write 
a poem for you and recite it at your funeral. 
~ The Fact Site 

I don't know what to think of Daddy
Longlegs now that I've learned they

have penises; or what it can mean
that a man made a world record from

breaking 46 wooden toilet seats with
his head. I can't count how many times

my husband has said "Idiot" for each 
driver that's done something stupid

on the road. And I'm unsure of what
I might say on meeting an iguana,

now that I've learned they have
a third eye atop their heads

and might be some kind of clair-
voyant. Far away, in search of mad

honey, the Gurung fashion rope ladders
to climb the high cliffs above their village

in Nepal— as if to illustrate a universal
truth: only sweetness which might leave us

reeling on the roadside or kill us
is the only one worth going after. 

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