Dinner for Two

by Emersyn Li 


Women belong in the kitchen,
where men don their white coats 

blue veins wrap
around a slender finger, 

bake at 350 for 20 minutes
marinate in wine  overnight
for best results 

their dresses are discarded
just in time for the appetizers; 

hand of housewife,
heart of whore 

both Served on porcelain platters
swirling around the room 

the merry-go-round won’t stop
until suppertime ends, 

the main course consists of
breast meat, thighs, & legs  

with filthy lips slicked in sauce
men  pick their teeth with the bones 

crying out for seconds,
before the first one is gone 

About the Author:

Emersyn Li is a senior English major with a minor in Creative Writing at Wayne State University. They currently have work published in the 2022 Wayne Literary Review. Emersyn now works as a tutor and a teaching assistant for an undergraduate Creative Writing course at WSU.

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