SCALDING by Jessica Hudgins

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SCALDING
by Jessica Hudgins

She has killed hundreds
of chickens like this.
Their last sight is the pleated
corner-skin of her mouth.
She comes empty-handed,
armed to the teeth.

Later, when she pours
hot water from the cast-iron kettle,
her wedding ring sweats
in the steam.


Jessica-HudginsJessica Hudgins is currently earning her M.F.A. at Johns Hopkins University. Her work is forthcoming in Portland Review and Glassworks.

 

Image credit:Boston Public Library on Flickr 

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