Snuffing Out with Rhubarb by KJ Hannah Greenberg
“To kill,” in everyday parlance, might, perhaps, possibly, bring
Songs of revenge, wrongdoing, elsewise, indignation or despair.
Conversely, folks feel naught when snuffing out with rhubarb.
An overseasoned pie, some compote, a little jellied fruit, often
Cull “happy” circumstances; heart failure, dry drowning, falloff.
Pink and green shoots provide opportunities for neat execution.
Some docs declare those stems superannuated linctuses, ill-advised
Poison. Some cooks point out the anamnestic worth, the acerbic
Aftertaste. Politicians keep odd vials in drawers and laptop cases.
Oxalates have chelating properties, can burn, cause nausea, initiate
Severe gastroenteritis, vomiting, shock, convulsions. Such a toxin,
To humans ingesting it, facilitates manifold cases of manslaughter.
©2020 KJ Hannah Greenberg
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KJ Hannah Greenberg delights in words. Sometime after the Mesozoic Era, she became a Rhetoric Professor. Two decades and four kids later, she relocated to “the other side of the world” and began to focus on creative writing. After getting cozy with her keyboard, she’s been fortunate to have more than thirty of her books published.
Hannah’s poetry collections are: Beast There—Don’t That (Fomite Press, 2019), The Wife/Mom (Seashell Books, 2019), Mothers Ought to Utter Only Niceties (Unbound CONTENT, 2017), A Grand Sociology Lesson (Lit Fest Press, 2016), Dancing with Hedgehogs (Fowlpox Press, 2014), The Little Temple of My Sleeping Bag (Dancing Girl Press, 2014), Citrus-Inspired Ceramics (Aldrich Press, 2013), Intelligence’s Vast Bonfires (Lazarus Media, 2012), Supernal Factors (The Camel Saloon Books on Blog, 2012), Fluid & Crystallized (Fowlpox Press, 2012), and A Bank Robber’s Bad Luck with His Ex-Girlfriend (Unbound CONTENT, 2011).