Woman in a Red Apron Holding a Mushroom Cloud in a Teacup

After Franco Aceves Humana’s painting,

“Ama de Casa en Paisaje Radioactivo”

 

Red is a dressy color

I don’t wear it around the house

just to wash dishes      

 

As for the mushroom cloud,

I have to take

what the world hands me

and contain it

in digestible size

 

while standing poised

and well-coifed

 

smiling over my teacup

as if the disasters

all around

would leave me untouched

 

Shielded by my red apron,

I am safe from the

radioactive waste

excreted wholesale

and promiscuous

from the rotting belly

of war

 

Come into my kitchen

for a merciful cup

The tea leaves will tell us

if we survived.

 

 

 

copyright Kimberly White 2005

published in Comstock Review

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