The Natural History Of Museum : Nyc Natural History Museum

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NYC Natural History Museum We All Have Wives There was a time when I thought a great deal about the alligators. I went to see them at the New York City Natural History Museum, and stayed for hours. I had noticed them first on a class trip I had taken with my poetry class. I was looking for characters when I spotted my first alligator grinning at me from under a spotlight. “That one looks real.” I said to a girl in pig-tails who was unimpressed by both the alligator and myself. “We are in a museum.” She said, eyes like olivine rolled into her tiny child skull. “Of course he isn’t real.” “How do you that alligator is a ‘he’ then?” (I was trying to be flashy.) “You’re a dumb shit.” She said, and as her pigtails bounced away I felt…show more content…
“But I miss my home and my beautiful wife who lives there still.” “You have a wife?” I asked. “We all have wives,” he said. “Except Stewart. Stewart has a boyfriend.” “Stewarts gay?” I said. “What’s it to you?” he said snapping his alligator teeth. “Nothing,” I said. “Listen, I gotta go,” I said. “I’m in class and I’ve got to write this poem.” “What on?” he asked. “I don’t know,” I said. “Maybe about all your wives who you’ve had to leave behind.” I said. “I’d like that,” he said, and I thought I saw him flash a grin. “Well see you.” I said. “Take care of yourself.” I said. “I hope you get to see your wife again.” I said. NYC Natural History Museum Wishing on a Murderer “Last week I shot down eight stars.” He said, “I’m a shooting star and that’s my job, to shoot other stars. That doesn’t make me a bad star. I don’t want you thinking that I am some sort of force of evil or that my morals are less than yours.” “Of course not.” I told him. “It’s not like I go on killing sprees or anything,” he said and I could tell he was the type of star who plumes himself on his modesty. “I am not unreasonable about it.” He said. “I

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