Toxic Gumbo

by Erren Geraud Kelly

there’s nothing sadder
than looking at the paper
and seeing a picture of brown pelicans
covered in progress
this summer, kids will collect tar balls
like they collect seashells
the flood that came to new orleans
came to nashville, too
but it was just god’s tears
he cried in anger
as he exacted  his revenge on us
karma is a bitch
and she always wins
so, taste this toxic gumbo
and enjoy it
we won’t care if
the headphones from
our cell phones give us
cancer in a few years
it’s just a small price to pay
for keeping up with the joneses
isn’t that what cancer is
anyway, a growth that doesn’t
stop?

enjoy your oyster po-boy
while you can …

Erren Geraud Kelly is a poet based in New York City by way of Louisiana. A graduate of Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, he has been writing for 21 years and been published in Hiram Poetry Review, Mudfish and Poetry Magazine. Most recently, he was published in ” In Our Own Words,” a Generation X poetry anthology. 

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