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decapitated fried and laid there while the feast begins to happen

maria had
invited me over
for dinner

and i was
sitting there
on her couch
sucking at a
beercan

as her voice
came out
of the kitchen
at me

“I SURE HOPE
YOU LIKE YERS
FRIED DARLIN’
‘CAUSE THAT’S HOW
I’M COOKIN’ ‘EM!”

she emerged
a few minutes later
carrying a couple of
paper plates

which she sat
in front of me
on the coffee table
while saying
“i’m outa
forks honey
but you ain’t
gonna need one
anyways.”

she shuffled
back off
toward the kitchen

as her cat
jumped up
onto my lap
and began
shedding.

maria returned

sat a bowl of
partially
mashed potatoes
in front of me

and asked me
if i wanted
another beer.

“definitely”
i replied.

she brought
the beer to me

and as the cat
sharpened its claws
on the couch

maria
did a little dance
in the middle
of her floor
while singing
“HERE COMES
TH’ MAIN COURSE
YA LUCKY DEVIL!”

a beerswallow was
making its way
down my throat

when she came
walking back out
carrying
what appeared to be
two large fried rats
by their tails.

she sat
one of them
on a paper plate
in front of me
and took
two steps back
as her eyes widened
in anticipation.

“jesus…
this looks like
a fuckin’ rat”
i said.

maria’s mouth
dropped a bit

and she muttered
“omigod…
yer absolutely
right!”

she walked over
to the closet

pulled out a
large hatchet

walked up to
my rat

and lopped
its head off.

the head landed
by my foot

and as the cat
was carrying it off
maria sighed
with satisfaction
and said
“there! that’s all
better now!”

she sat down
next to me
and plopped a
large spoonful of
partially
mashed potatoes
next to the

decapitated fried rat

as
a chewing noise
came from
the cat
behind the couch.

- terry everton

decapitated fried and laid there while the feast begins to happen

Terry Everton

Pasadena, United States

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