Dr. Ralph Monday Debuts

Almost Virtually This Day

At first she wanted a Charlie Brown Christmas.

The big bad wolf blew that one away.

So she invited Ken and Barbie over for lunch.

Fell through. Barbie was plastic PMSing, Ken

had a golf date with GI Joe.

She rang up Captain America as a backup shield.

All she got was a wrong number beeping in her

ear so much that it made her skull red.

Next she tried Don Juan, entire disaster—he was out

chasing windmills.

She did her nails, drank a glass of wine, wondered

if she was a total loser.

Finally got a text from Betty Boop. Red Riding Hood

was dead. Run over by a hunter with a deer slung

across the bumper.

She threw away all her comics and made final arrangements.


The girl with the thick black glasses in

biology class pretended that she hated

dissecting frogs, scalpel’s slide like a

barber’s razor expertly slicing amphibian

flesh. The formaldehyde cutting was all

a ruse, high school metaphor behind the

magician’s curtain, trick of slicing the girl

in half so that she might remain whole to

practice her art. When her fingers probed

the guts, heart, liver, searching out like

Calchas for the entrail’s text, she was

dissecting the world. No one knew but

  1. She cut away Anne Frank’s terror,

placed it in a sanitized tray beside Joan

of Arc’s voice, just to the right of

Martha Harrier’s hyper religious charges,

left of Hester’s scarlet A. For Mary Magdalene

she cut out the cross from her heart, cremated

it over a Bunsen burner, fed the ash to

pigeons, fish, that withered away for lack of

nourishment. Too busy with sisters of

long ago, she never made it to the 70s,

Helen Reddy, Gloria Steinem who really

didn’t need a surgeon anyway. Class period

nearly complete, she cast her eye on me,

politely asked if I would like to lie on

the table.

Ralph Monday is an Associate Professor of English at Roane State Community College in Harriman, TN., where he teaches composition, literature, and creative writing courses. He has been published widely in over 50 journals including Agenda, The New Plains Review, New Liberties Review, Fiction Week Literary Review and many others.  His poetry has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and Houghton Mifflin’s “Best of” Anthologies, as well as other awards. A chapbook, All American Girl and Other Poems, was published in July 2014. A book Lost Houses and American Renditions is scheduled for publication in May 2015 by Aldrich Press.





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