Transmogrifying Honey Battered
Muddily the morning crept.
Though rain often causes fowl lungs
to top off with droplets, drowning so many
of the raised-head dummies—
Chucky the chicken, rooster to some,
cocked his head, juked or jived
at a too-inopportune time
and startled a sting from the resting
This was how Janet skipped
into the scene upon waking:
the broken syringe, dangling
microscopic bits of bee belly-flesh,
plugging the swell of purple—the sundered
venom sac pulsing in toxins like an IV—
which caused Chucky’s clunky heart
too much issue with tissue constriction.
Janet wept for her perished pet,
mourned the morning, played
devastated Dr. Frankenstein with two 9-volts
through lunchtime. Her cries even survived
as eggs and flour and honey and paprika
were whisked together for a batter
that could staunch any tears.
That would stop her tears.
No crying at dinner, Janet. Enough already.
What will you do on the day of reckoning, when disaster comes from afar?
Woe to those who make unjust laws, to those who issue oppressive decrees, to deprive the poor of their rights and withhold justice from the oppressed of my people, making widows their prey and robbing the fatherless.
I hope Mitch McConnell dies
of natural causes when his time
comes. And it will come, and soon—
yet the stain of his sonic boom,
his pattern of non-work so emphatic
is the shade of a tree unplanted.
If society grows when old men plant
trees whose cool shadow will never land
on their hands, where are we now, Mitch?
We’re pitching heaters at the kid
in the batter’s box full of doubts
whose dad got his three strikes and is out
of the picture. While he’s at bat
they stole the wallet from his backpack
and someone burned down his house
for good measure. Is that where we are now?
Zebulon Huset is a teacher, writer and photographer. He won the Gulf Stream 2020 Summer Poetry Contest and his writing has appeared in Best New Poets, Texas Review, North American Review, Meridian, The Southern Review, Fence and many others. He publishes the prompt blog Notebooking Daily, and edits the journals Coastal Shelf and Sparked.