Husband in the Kitchen

Does not cook.
Tells me I should use a lid on a pot
I know will boil over if I do.
Is already in trouble for
putting clean dishes away
where I can’t find them.
Says one more “you should” and

my shoes, my shirt, my stirring hand
catch fire.
My teeth can’t shut down hard enough
to hold my growl.

He leaves the kitchen
but turns back at the doorway

roses jump out of his eyebrows,
chocolates pop out of his shoes,
a song bursts from both of his biceps.

Well. Okay. That’s more like it.
But please leave the kitchen.
Now please. Just leave.


Sharon Svendsen

Sharon E. Svendsen's work has been published in Bellowing Ark, Innisfree, The Long Story, Atrocity, Byline, and many other periodicals and anthologies. In the past, she ran the First Friday Reading Series in Bremerton, Washington, and the Writers’ Haven Reading Series at the Jewel Box Theater in Poulsbo. Sharon was publisher and poetry editor of HA! a humor magazine, and head of Writers’ Haven Press which published two poetry collections and several booklets of winners from Writers’ Haven contests.

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