Three Portraits of Cereal Killers


1. Circle makers
In dead of night they steal—who knows?
Soft from starships or on tip-toes?
To leave a sign or play a trick?
To teach the wise or gull the thick?
With ray guns or with planks of wood?—
To break their necks before they should
And leave thousands of unripe dead
And feed them tales who expected bread.

2. Breakfast brands
The box’s gaudy sides belie
The dust-dry lumps within
It most definitely does not do
What they say on the tin
Was it for this dull mockery
That we got out of bed?
As healthy as it claims to be
It’s definitely dead.

3. Hades
Doomed by his dark dominion of the dead
Never to feel a woman’s loving touch—
O hard fate! even for a god too much—
He dared violent trickery instead.
When she by hunger past endurance tried
Yielded and ate, part of his heart for love
Died too to save the rest; meanwhile, above,
Alone and desolate her mother cried.

Reuben Thomas
7th–13th August 2009

This document was translated from LATEX by HEVEA.

Last updated 2016/05/21