Retribution By Lauren McBride

Slimy soap and scraps

and bits of waste

slip down my kitchen drain –

properly shredded, mangled,

ground beyond recognition

by the garbage disposal,

forgotten and left to congeal

into a singular pulpy mass

in plastic pipes beneath my sink

where, willfully reassembling,

it assumes sentience –

surviving on dinner scraps

and fresh running water;

squealing when I drain

hot noodles, groaning

when I run the grinder,

and I wonder each time

I force my hand across

the sink to the faucet –

when will it reach up,

grab my arm and yank

me down below, pausing

only to switch on the disposal

as my fingers enter the drain?

(This poem first appeared in ParABnormal Digest, September 2011.)

Lauren McBride finds inspiration in faith, family, nature, science and membership in the Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Association (SFPA). Nominated for the Best of the Net, Rhysling and Dwarf Stars Awards, her poetry has appeared in dozens of publications including Dreams & Nightmares, Kaleidotrope, and Silver Blade. She enjoys swimming, gardening, baking, reading, writing and knitting scarves for troops.

Published 10/31/18