Typing Death

Ethel Rosenberg mugshot

    “things should me made as simple as possible, but not any simpler.”
–Albert Einstein

So, you might have,
     punched the printing
keys among your pots and pans,

lending legibility to inchoate,
     incorrect instructions
for millions’ immolation.

(Bad enough,
     you dirty rat!)

but from that fire, you would fry
in first-quality varnish; a knotless,
shakeless seat of dried red oak.

    when the naked bulb
     seared the psyche
with your husband’s
sutured instructions
for the cooking of Jell-o.

And such an electric,
exquisite corpse
          you’d be.


(c) Michael Quentin Abraham, 2017.






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