When I picked up my cell, I heard Susannah muttering
Saints and bunnies! as she left the bookstore.
A hundred thousand titles in stock—
Dating for Dummies! The Complete Idiot's Guide
to Learning Yiddish! Men Made Easy!
and not a blessed one to be found
on cooking for vegetarian zombies.
For the ninety-ninth time, I told her, same
as you'd feed any other rabbit-food fascist.
If Shirley's too good for grits and cheese and slaw,
your Aunt Marybelle has a guest room just as nice,
Aunt Marybelle being Unitarian, see,
and thus already well-versed
in unnatural ways with peanut butter
not to mention their so-called salads
(token shreds of lettuce and tomato
smothered beneath more trimmings than a turkey),
what with half of her church being herbivores.
Me, I don't hold with pumpkin seeds and papayas.
You can doll up an ugly girl with a fancy dress,
and pretty up rice with unpronounceable mushrooms,
but flayed by a job that leaves me more dead
than alive at the end of each day, all I want
is meat on my plate and a woman whose flesh
glows when the lights are still on. But, all told,
Shirley still is kin, and Susannah kind as they come,
and Aunt Marybelle more than helpful in her way
(her scrambled tofu's near as it gets to brains).