my pet alpaca likes gumdrops
especially the ones with lots of extra sugar crystals
and double extra especially the green ones

to him, the sound they make when they hit the floor
is like a parade of exuberance
amplified by the sense of nothing else matters

that gummy gel glistens bright on the dusty floor
like khufu at high noon
or the luxor on saturday night

his hooves take a spin and head lurches forward
as his trunk tries to keep up

his bubble gum tongue rolls out like tape
coated in anticipatory glue

his thick white fleece flows in the air
as he arrives and gobbles it up