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Never Go Back to Disney World

By Vicki Iorio

Never Go Back to Disney World

When Brooklyn goes to Disney World
he says oh shoot instead of oh shit
his wife says what the fuck?

This is Disney World
his church

Cocoa and roasted chestnuts
The Grand Floridian in January
the pool an empty cold body

Oh Daddy I want to have my wedding here
five-year-old Brooklyn Princess jumps on the bed

Mrs. Brooklyn dreams of escaping
the castle's dark corners
her toes curl in broken soles

When Princess grows up
Disney World is a bad taste
daddy is Monstro
a whale that wants to devour her

She waits until Dad is
a self-inflicted GSW
before she even thinks of nuptials
fearing he will Maleficent her wedding

She finds an empty bottle of Glenlivet
and her Cinderella Golden Book on his desk,
yellowed pictures of their Disney trip float
in his death stream

Article © Vicki Iorio. All rights reserved.
Published on 2019-08-12
Image(s) are public domain.
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