and it curled up into a ball to protect itself
making the world its womb and
shutting everything out
showing his armored backside to anyone looking for him
someone told harvey pekar that
he was facing a "growth experience"
and harvey said
"i'd be glad to trade some growth for happiness."
i look back on the last three years
and the things that stick out
this whole time, i thought i'd been growing as a person
now i think i've been shrinking
but that's okay
with my shoulders slouched
and my back hunched
like the mighty armadillo
i'm now a smaller target
and it'll be harder for you
any of you
to get to me.