beneath the roofs of ogres

as a boy it wasn’t
enough the refrigerator
was barren
as you stood with your
head half inside
of full shelves
by then your father’s
meaty hand appeared
the heavy door clipping
your skull as it slammed
and he cursed you
for the electric bill
all the way back
to your cold room
as you curled up on
busted springs
and just waited
for the serrated
sentences to stop

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 Read other articles by Rob.