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Ménage à trois

In the quiet white of my modern kitchen
shunning microwave delicacies
for hand kneaded dough and
fruit studded coffee breads
It should come as no surprise—
the three of them behind
the white door twined together
a baroque still-life among
the oranges and apples and organic honey.
The drake beautiful in
dark jade plumage and hens
brown and cream mottled
feathers dainty even as
together the three await
the final carnage of
plucked down, stainless
steel cleaver and Dutch oven

By Amy Unsworth
Poems Niederngasse, January 2001