Mary Zeppa

Breaking My Fast After Fever
or  In Praise of Floxin *
Everything beautiful, mellow and steady:
a horn rhapsodizing, a still-life by Braque.
Autumn leaves through the plate-glass:
red, yellow, dancing.  The light, the incredible
light streaming over the counter:  tall bottle
of Merlot, squat jar of sugar, spray bottle
(Mazola), glistening aluminum sink.
Even my bowl of oatmeal and Gala
apple, even my glass of cranberry juice.

O, Floxin!  I lived through
Three Nights of The Living Dead.
104.9:  Wes Craven meets Dante:
Steven King lights the Gaslight.

And suddenly Kali and all her Maidens,
all Frankinstein's Henchmen and Brides,
all the Gorgons and Apemen, The Beast
stoned on angel dust, The Thing and The Hulk,
Charles Manson and Genghis Khan, armies

of goons, swing their truncheons, their stun guns,
their Samurai swords.  Shake their torches, their
flame throwers, their branding-irons.   And circle,
encircle, press close.  Twenty hands strike
a match to my white, sweaty feet.  See

the bones phosphoresce and ignite, do
the Dance of the Red Death.  Chant,
Gorgons!  My spine spitting lava.  Moan,
Goons!  And I burst in a billion hot
pieces in an army of gobbling mouths.

*  A powerful antibiotic.

Copyright 1999,  Mary Zeppa

Mary Zeppa's publications include Shaman's Drum, The New York Quarterly, Zone 3, One(Dog) Press and the Pocket Books anthology I've Always Meant to Tell You:  Letters to Our Mothers.  Zeppa is  also one-fifth of Cherry Fizz, a quintet specializing in loose and
unlabeled a cappella.

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