Four Poems
Alex Sheppard and Marshall Mallicoat

The Red Lobster

so much depends


a red lobster

glazed with butter

beside the fried


In a Subway

The apparition of these faces in the crowd;

Barley flakes on a toasted, 9-grain wheat loaf.

Sierra Mist and Sprite

Some say the world will drink Sierra Mist,

Some say Sprite.

From what I've tasted of Sprite

I hold with those who favor Sierra Mist

But if it had to drink Sprite,

I think I know enough of pops

To say that for refreshment Sprite

Is also tops

And would be all right.

Hot Pocket Reheated

What happens to a Hot Pocket reheated?

Does it dry up

Like a raisin in the sun?

Or fester like a sore --

And then run?

Does it stink like rotten meat?

Or crust and sugar over --

like a syrupy sweet?

Maybe it just sags

like a heavy load.

Or does it explode?