Mr. Interesting

by flammeusgladius

Mr. Interesting



(for Ben Hatke)



It isn’t just his fiery respiration.
It isn’t just his skill at archery.
It isn’t just his wild self-cultivation.
It’s more than anything your eyes could see
on videos. Conventionality
just cannot get its chains around this guy.
When he shows up, all boredom has to flee.
He bounds ahead. He almost seems to fly.
If you profess to understand, you lie.
His sense of fun’s beyond all comprehension.
If you are wise, you will not even try
to fit him into any clear convention.
Interesting? More than anybody here.
(I don’t know if Dos Equis is his beer.)



–Tom Riley



(Artist and author Ben Hatke is more interesting than most.)