On the menu is barbed wire
sautéed in heartless tyrannies.
The bloodied linens of the Visigoth.
Tongues of the vanquished, broiled,
with a side order of children sobbing.
And salads of inexpressible horrors.
Today’s menu includes bandage soup,
served drawn and quartered.
Knife pie, with a shotgun topping.
Visceral stew and smashed-mouth bread.
And the special, baked heads and hands,
which are, we think, to die for.
©2021 Bruce McRae All rights reserved.
Bruce McRae, a Canadian musician and multiple Pushcart nominee, has had work appear in hundreds of publications around the world. 1st Runner Up of the 2020 Libretto Chapbook Prize (20 Sonnets), his books include The So-Called Sonnets; An Unbecoming Fit Of Frenzy; Like As If; All Right Already and Hearsay.