I Accidentally Ate Some Chicken and Now I’m in Love with Harry Whittington

By Sharon Mesmer Sharon Mesmer

Harry Whittington: the man accidentally shot by Dick Cheney

Have you ever been in a situation
where somebody you thought was your friend
did something that hurt you very much,
and then they tried to blame it on you,
and then you had a heart attack?
Just wondering.

I thought Jack Abramoff was my buddy—
a small fish with a large chicken.
What a dick.

Why’d he have to remind me of my first wife,
Jacqueline Bouvier-Kennedy-Onassis-Bono-Crowe-Pitt-Degeneres-Federline?

Of course, that speaks volumes to and of itself.

On the other hand, everything tastes like chicken.
And cooked people taste like butter.

I barely touched the clam chowder
but I ate the chicken fried steak.
Then I ate hot beignet and sludgy chicory
and I accidentally drove the hot ‘n’ sporty.
Now I may try the chicken fries.

Why poo’ed vindaloo?

The founding fathers risked life and limb
just so I could trust the kung pao ham.
But the former potions master
spiked my polyjuice with mango juice,
and now I like drinks with chicks in them.

Doesn’t anyone care about my feelings?
All I wanted to do was kill little birds.
Because, you know, that’s fun.

I forget, which one am I banging,
that Plame bitch or the Ambassador to Switzerland?
I’d ask Dick which of the two he’s screwing
but he never answers my emails.

In other news, I’ve been up to my neck in new food intern activity.
The skewers are kind of like hot wings,
except they are made with chicken tenders.
The backwash is kinda long,
but watch the whole thing for the slo-mo matrix-esque finale.
Way cooler than any other stick figure theater.

A barn-raised quail just said
“Bugs Bunny isn’t real.”

Is there no end to the horrors
this shooting will reveal?

Sharon Mesmer, “I Accidentally Ate Some Chicken and Now I’m in Love with Harry Whittington” from Annoying Diabetic Bitch. Copyright © 2005 by Sharon Mesmer. Reprinted by permission of Hanging Loose Press.

Source: Annoying Diabetic Bitch (Hanging Loose Press, 2005)

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Sharon Mesmer’s Flarf poetry collection is Annoying Diabetic Bitch (Combo Books, 2008); her blog is virginformica.blogspot.com. She teaches at the New School in Manhattan.

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