Santa Claus in Exile #16

With a whalebone knife in his thinning hand
Santa slices a squid in half, wonders where
the tiny bit of ink was first written
that holds him to this land.
He coats the squid in Cajun spices.
The open fire makes the oil sizzle
as Santa drops the halved body
into a soot black pan.
He still believes there is no redemption,
no way to walk back across the coals.
He watches the animal fry
and never sets his Mai Tai down.
Amelia Martens


Amelia Martens

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