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"HOLDING HANDS FOR MEALTIME PRAYER" by Morgenrede

“here y’are, pancake that’s

shaped like Mickey Mouse, 

guaranteed to make you smile;”


“pink sugar or yellow sugar?”


a dull scalpel drags into

a delicate symposium

filled with tears and blood;


finger blister re-opened,

shallow-throating a power drill,

removing tiny pieces of glass

embedded inside your sole;


capturing a generation on film,

emptying out the grease trap,

boots lost forever in thick mud,

notching the ears of butchered swine;


185g egg white

powdered sugar

TB of vanilla

mix in a bowl

stir constantly on low heat

don’t stop until

140-160F internal

beat until cool

and stiff

look for

spikes


parkway grass cutter taking a political campaign sign out of the ground so that he can do his job; the innocent way a child comes up to you and asks if you want to play; finding that necessary (tho delusional) compulsion to concoct prose; 


lake knife suicide,

sharp hawk claws,

pigeon head decapitation;


“did the Galler Foods order come in yet?”


1 gal hot sauce & 1lb butter

put mixture together in pan,

turn on stove, flame on, medium heat,

melt butter, don’t burn butter;


DOUBLE YOU

WHY

DEE

QUESTION MARK

QUESTION MARK


sucking on your thigh,

laughter between lips,

hands tied together,

expired plan B;


I said, “above you,”

Oh, I thought you said, “I love you,”

It’s okay, above you too;


High school advanced chemistry teacher went to Slayer concerts as a teenager so he can’t really hear very well anymore, today the ringing in his ears is giving him a migraine, he stares at the lesson plan on his desk as the bell rings and students start to shuffle in, the teacher decides to do something different today – “Good morning guys, let’s get started. Change of plans, just feeling a bit under the weather today, uhm, so, i’m going to pose a question to get us started: why do we write on the lines on a piece of paper?” – the students look at the teacher with puzzled looks – “really think about this, guys. I mean, everyone look down at your notebook paper; the blue lines are there, but what compels us to write on them?” – the students look down and appear even more perplexed – the teacher continues, “I think, well, sometimes people tell you do something, and you just do it; you do as you’re told. Today, I want y’all to turn your paper in any direction you want and write however you want. Notes and all. Fuck it.” 


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Morgenrede drinks cheap beer and plays pinball in and around the American Midsouth. He has recently published a book of poetry entitled ABUSER with Pig Roast Publishing.


Morgenrede is on X/Twitter @metadegenerate

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