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Poetry

ON THE EIGHTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE WAR

Eugenia Leigh

A husband tears off his wife’s legs and pins them
to their dining room wall next to a painting
of peeled bananas. Men come from all over
the world to admire those legs. For an extra
fee, the husband gives an esteemed journalist
permission to bite a thigh. The journalist
cries, My, she tastes quite obedient! and begs
to bag a slice home to show off to his un-
ruly girlfriend and to the neighbors who have
reproached him regarding this unruly girl-
friend. The husband allows the slice. Weeks later,
when the kicking begins, the husband shuts down
the exhibit after the wife’s left foot makes
excellent contact with the President’s skull.

That evening, the news features an emergency
bill passed by the President. He demands
immediate action in support of men
violently terrorized by women.

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