They see a lobster crawling out
every time he opens his mouth
to utter the words he had memorized
for a speech he never attempted to write.
They see a lobster shrieking out
every time he constructs a smile
that is unwilling to endow
his hardened features with the amity required
to lure the crowds.
They see a lobster reeling out
in the corners of his eyes
inebriated with tears that ripple
as he gazes upon the sufferings of humankind.