PLEAD FOR US by J.A. Pak

Look out the window of our house

(a dream house,

like a house we would live in, have lived in).

On the front lawn,

to the side,

see a large circular, shallow trench.

Inside four, five groundhogs,

standing

on their hind legs,

their paws

together

begging, praying.

All around

snakes, slithering,

all shapes, sizes, colors,

some like needles, others pythons.

Terror

eyes glazed

plead as the snakes

eat inside out.

A Pushcart Prize and Best Small Fictions nominee, J.A. Pak is the author of Chaos Back to Me. Her writing has been published in BHP, Litro, Lunch Ticket, Joyland,  etc. More of her work can be read at Triple Eight Palace of Dreams & Happiness

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