pater smokes 
and mater 
              her skirts just so 
              spins yarn and 
the chestnutheaded child (profane) 
              hoses the snow 
                            yellow before the threshold 
                            marking territory from beneath his skirts 

the rooster hops away 
              to find his motivation 

the gray cat observes 

grandmother trudges the mammal pens 
a mary gone wrong 
              whose fear of god 
              is fear of living 
holding fingers to her mouth 
                            like a disharmonica

later this print later later 
              will lie horizontal on the counter 
              of a Belgian shopkeeper (1866) 
                            whose mouth 
                            drips chocolate 
                                          until lip droppings 
                                          strike brown between the henhouse 
                                                        and the axle of god 

 - richard hacken