Penny Pours the Poison

by Maria Francesca

Penny pours the poison
in a pretty paper cup;
passes it to Peter
and she tells him,
"Drink it up!"

Peter ponders Penny's prank
with eyes that dare her worst
and says, "I'll drink the top half
if you'll drink the bottom first."

Penny strains her hollow head
and thinks how much she wants him dead -

her temple sweats
her nostrils flare -
she boldly cries,
"I'll take the dare!"

The poison passes ruby lips
and as she swallows, slurps and sips

and as the poison gently sinks,
the bulb is lit as Penny thinks
perhaps her evil plan is flawed -
she really should have used a straw -

but she gets what she was aiming for,
and Peter pesters her no more.


Author's Note: *

Posted on 03/14/2010
Copyright © 2020 Maria Francesca

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Joe Cramer on 03/14/10 at 05:00 PM

... a fascinating write.....

Posted by Bet Yeldem on 03/14/10 at 06:50 PM

haha... very nice!

Posted by Charlotte Smith on 03/15/10 at 12:46 AM

I really like how this one flows. It kind of has a sing-song quality to it...very beautiful, but deceptive. Well done.

Posted by Kristina Woodhill on 03/15/10 at 03:28 PM

Instant karma here. Ha! Loved all the "p's", the wit and witless outwitting ;), and of course the irony of the ending. Thank you.

Posted by Julie Adams on 03/19/10 at 04:03 AM

wow, this piece is a witty annecdote that reminds of the Canterbury Tales or the like..just perfect in foundation, rhyme, imagery, development, climax, and close...kudos poet, this piece shows stellar craftmanship...a fav for me, peace, jewels

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