She laid six different types of ova
down on the table in egg cups
her grandmother had collected
when planes flew bombs in cradles.

She randomized their placement
(goose mixing with duck and ostrich)
and wore gloves
to protect the fine shells.

When enough time had passed,
she removed the gloves,
plucked the first one
from its perch and swallowed it.


Katarina Boudreaux is a writer, musician, composer, tango dancer, and teacher — a shaper of word, sound, and mind. She returned to New Orleans after circuitous journeying. New work is forthcoming in Broken Tooth Press and the Mandala Journal.