They nestle in the shelter of inside,
the shelter of inner inside; resemble
a pregnancy pregnancy.

You squawk, “Abomination!”
accuse cramming, strong-arming poultry,
but I see a three-way cuddle.

My cats participate by eating  a chicken neck
stuffed inside a duck neck stuffed inside a turkey neck.
Even cats enjoy gourmet foods.

I bury myself in sweaters and coats,
I know the inside core. When I hold you,
I become the outer layer. Both cozy.

The three share a bed.
Nobody lonely
in the oven.

Valerie Loveland


Valerie Loveland ( ate so much candy in 2006 she started developing fatty liver!