Get Your Premium Membership


Introducing my roommate Leong to my Saturday morning cartoon binge habit proved to be one of my BEST ideas EVER. She’s a very animated watcher, frequently laughing, gasping in horror and, in the end, delighted by these silly shows. It’s almost a case for convergent evolution, how two creatures, from opposite ends of culture and the world can be so similar. I find myself watching her, for her reaction, as much as the shows themselves - I’ve seen them before but I rediscover them vicariously and emotionally through her. We can spend hours dissecting character arcs and plot twists - we’ve found a small, stress-free heaven. It’s 10:40am Sunday morning and Leong is dipping celery in barbecue sauce for breakfast again. “THAT’s just gross,” I deem, holding my hand up to block my view of this travesty. “You should TALK,” she says, “Flexatarian!” I gasped, like a slapped Chris Rock in the face of this naked aggression. “Why am I a flexatarian! I demand, my mind reeling for context, “because I ordered the potato burrito at taco bell?” I look around for some sort of rescue or validation, but we’re alone. “That’s so FAUX,” I say, in an injured voice, shaking my head sadly. “I’m by the book carnivore,” I say, holding my fingers in a three-fingered girl scout pledge. “And you have to live with that trauma,” Leong says, scooping an extra large dollop of sauce with her celery as I make gagging and heaving sounds. . slang Flexatarian - someone who’s only a vegetarian when it’s convenient or showy. faux - untrue *Convergent evolution: how life evolves in certain predictable ways because they work the best. For example: how flying has evolved independently at least four times on earth: in birds, bats, insects, and pterosaurs. Ultimately, this theory predicts that we will meet other “humans” if we ever get out and explore the universe - those Star Trek green, human aliens may actually be real somewhere. *I have a no “show off” rule which this may violate..

Copyright © | Year Posted 2022

Post Comments

Poetrysoup is an environment of encouragement and growth so only provide specific positive comments that indicate what you appreciate about the poem.

Please Login to post a comment

Date: 4/25/2022 5:05:00 AM
Hey Anais, don’t forget to include us humans in the convergent evolution, flight category, I honestly believe intelligence is our new evolved state, we can even take or leave celery stick dips, aliens don’t stand a chance against us, enjoyed the banter, cheers David
Login to Reply
vionet Avatar
Anais vionet
Date: 4/25/2022 5:27:00 AM
Thanks! I’m glad.