July 4th Barbecue – Donal Mahoney

 

July 4th Barbecue

 

 

 

for Kermit Gosnell, M.D.

 

 

 

Every year Dr. Gluck,

 

the famed gynecologist,

 

invites his nurses to his ranch

 

for his July 4th barbecue.

 

 

 

The nurses and their husbands

 

drive miles to watch the doctor 

 

twist the necks of 20 chickens 

 

before he dips the fowl, some 

 

still wriggling, in a big vat 

 

of boiling water to remove 

 

the feathers before he tears 

 

the legs and wings off 

 

and places the parts 

 

neatly on the grill.

 

 

 

Everyone agrees the meat 

 

is wonderful, as is the sauce. 

 

No knife is needed except 

 

to butter the fresh-baked rolls.

 

The slaw and potato salad 

 

have no peer, the nurses say. 

 

They claim the same is true 

 

of his ice cream and pecan pie.

 

 

 

The perfection of this feast

 

is no mystery, really.

 

Every July 4th Dr. Gluck

 

celebrates America and

 

demonstrates outdoors 

 

the skills he’s honed 

 

indoors for 30 years. 

 

The nurses agree, however, 

 

the fetuses don’t wriggle 

 

as much as the chickens do 

 

and it’s nice the fetuses 

 

go in a bucket 

 

and not on a grill.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  1. you rip the truth wide open

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