Husband on Ice – Anne Walsh Donnelly

He’d shoot curdled cream up my cervix

and roar, you’re mine, till death.

 

He’d bought me a coffin

kept it in the hayshed for storing calf nuts,

until –  it was needed.

 

I put rat poison in the lamb casserole,

froze the leftovers.

 

When I decluttered the wardrobe

the door slammed,

Pick my shirts off the floor, bitch.

 

Finally his voice withered

when I defrosted the freezer.

I gave his fingers to the dog.

 

The rest of him, too tough even for a stew,

I threw in the stove, lit lavender

candles to mask the smell.

 

His penis was the last to burn

no more forced entries after that.

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