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Friday, May 24, 2013


by Rhiannon Thorne

On Saturday, I decided to sate my curiosity,

drive the half hour over to Scottsdale to gawk:

Amy's Baking Company, closed

after their distasteful run-in with Ramsey.
I was alternating between giggles and voyeuristic glee

at the closed sign hanging smugly in the window,

when up pulled a late model family van,

off-white and inconspicuous.
The driver's eyes twinkled, his cheeks were rosy,

as he leaned towards the passenger side and said:

“They deserved everything they get, and I'm Santa,”

he chuckled, “well, at Christmastime.”

Rhiannon Thorne’s work has appeared/is forthcoming in vox poetica, Your Daily Poem, Third Wednesday, and The Midwest Quarterly. She also co-edits the publication cahoodaloodaling with poet-in-arms Kate Hammerich.