Kids, Just Kids

by Sherry Luo

The river chokes on

Dead pigs and the

Pigs choke on

River water and the

Serpent swallows its

Own tail.

 

Kids, just kids, play

Hooky and outdated

Nintendo games,

Wear fake Vans and

Sweaters hand-knit by

Grandma.

 

The river chokes on

Dead pigs and the

Pigs choke on

River water and the

Serpent chokes on its

Own tail.

 

Rice Krispies maggots

Swarm through

Peppermint pig flesh:

Bloated meat sponges

Smell of wet bacon

Left out too long.

 

The river chokes on

Dead pigs and the

Pigs choke on

River water and the

Serpent bites off its

Own tail.

 

Kids, just kids, play

Hide and seek behind

Pig corpse peaks,

Pull off curlicue tails,

Gross trophies of

Childish chivalry.

 

Bottle washer eyes

And isinglass snot, but

At the first twitch

Breath the kids,

Just kids, run back

Home,

 

More afraid of life than of death.

 

Sherry is currently an undergraduate at the University of Georgia pursuing a B.A. in English and is the recipient of the 2016 Georgia Poet Laureate Prize. Work in Atlanta Magazine and forthcoming in Figroot Press.