one night in New York

it was really quite late

a strange creature

climbed up the empire state

but instead of going all

the way to the top

it climbed 20 stories

then decided to stop

everyone wondered

but no one could say,

why it stopped where it did

and didn’t go all the way

some thought it was scared

some thought it was tired

some thought that maybe

it saw someone it admired

but forget what they tell you

forget what you read

if it goes any higher

its nose starts to bleed

—Tim Burton, “the beast on the 20th floor”