Return of the Gelatin Men by Steve Sibra

(big sigh) Hear that?

Low rumble as they descend from beyond the clouds

giant copper molds encase each body

 

They are lime green

and each the size of a football field

Hide the children and old ones in the Airstream trailers

hope for the best

expect the worst

we are in a tight spot — and not even

Walt Disney

can save us now.

 

Every seven years

the Gelatin Men come down from the sky

To pull the hearts from the bodies of virgins

To rip the lips from cowboy gentlemen

To saw off the legs of the school marms

To suckle the intestines of the politicians

To pluck the eyes from the whiskey barons

To slice off the heels of the athletes

To distend the bellies of the elderly

To ooze on the floors and walls of the Methodists

And to wish the meat packers

A Happy Happy Day and the Promise

The Sweet Promise of a better tomorrow

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