The American Journal of Poetry
"Strong Rx Medicine"®


Elizabeth Vignali



The little girls watch Peter Pan in the living room, bare
toes curled against the arm of the overstuffed
chair they share under a zebra-striped blanket.

An animated Captain Hook shoots
one of his mates in the middle of a song.
Smee genuflects in his chubby humble way.

Once, too, we laughed at Hermann Göring. Named
an atom bomb Fat Man and dropped it
on a Japanese city.

Fat is always funny. Timing is everything.
Even Dr. Seuss chuckled
at the rape of the Sabine women—

the heavy gal slung
over the cartoon man’s shoulder
like Santa’s bag of goodies,

her many chins accentuating
the hilarity of her open-
mouthed cry.




ELIZABETH VIGNALI is an optician and writer in Bellingham, Washington. Her poems have appeared in various publications, including Willow Springs, Cincinnati Review, Tinderbox, Natural Bridge, and Nimrod. Her chapbook, Object Permanence, is available from Finishing Line Press.



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