Ed Shacklee


The Flea Circus

I never noticed while the music played
it was a little world a man had made
to fool another little man like you
because the fleas had better things to do.

The Balloon Animal

The party-pooping paradox consisted
of how I came from nothing that existed,
and couldn’t be myself till I was twisted.

Ed Shacklee is a public defender who represents young people in the District of Columbia. He is working on a bestiary.