a treat

once in a while
after dinner
my mother left
the oven on bake
and the door open
so we could stand
and warm our hands
and altho there was
no pie on the rack
our treat was a slice
of heat before we
heard the motor
and my father’s shadow
lumbered towards
the house and we ran
to our little chilly cells

Rob Plath is a writer from New York. He is most known for his monster collection A BELLYFUL OF ANARCHY (Epic Rites Press 2009). His newest collection is MY SOUL IS A BROKEN DOWN VALISE (Epic Rites Press 2019). You can see more of his work at robplath.com Read other articles by Rob.