Egg Horror

An ODDtober leftover!

by Laurel Winter

White Eggs in Carton

afraid of heights
in the cold, dark carton
to the rest of the dozen.

They are ten now.

Any meal is dangerous,
but they fear breakfast most.
They jostle in their compartments
trying for tiny, dark-veined cracks-
not enough to hurt much,
just anything to make them unattractive
to the big hands that reach in
from time to random time.

They tell horror stories
that their mothers,
the chickens,
clucked to them-
egg salad sandwiches,
that destroyer of dozens,
the homemade angel food cake.

The door opens.
Light filters into the carton,
“Let it be the milk,”
they pray.
But the carton opens,
a hand reaches in-

Before they can even jiggle,
they are alone again,
in the cold,
in the dark,
new spaces hollow
where the two were.
Through the heavy door
they hear the sound of the mixer,
deadly blades whirring.

They huddle,
the eight,
in the cold,
in the dark,
and wait.


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