Michael Autrey

in the spirit of
the spirt of
the beehive

One sister asks the other
About fucking close to water,
Fucking on a mountaintop.

Do it in bed. Don’t fuck with
Exotic locales. He’ll forget to pull out—


The monster drowns the girl.
Her father, daughter’s body in his arms,

Staggers through the town, mourners
Standing on their shadows’ necks

As St. George is often shown,
Standing on the dragon’s neck,
Waiting for the applause to die down.