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Art by Hillary Lyon 2018

San Mateo County Easter-Egg Hunt


by Daniel G. Snethen



Easter Sunday 1928, the entire village

of Burlingame gathered for the annual

San Mateo County Easter-Egg Hunt.


All the grown-ups were there,

watching, waiting for the loser.

Praying it wasn’t their Tommy

or Jenny or their tooth-gapped grandchild.


Old Morris painfully remembered,

as he limped to his seat of honor at the head

of the ring of losers, how they crippled his leg

seventy-two years ago and how he was the first

of a long line of leprose losers to gain

 a seat in the ring of grisly remembrance.


Morris hoarsely announced the starting of the hunt,

whilst I and the other children scrambled,

among the dandelions, gathering colored eggs

into our wicker-woven Easter egg baskets.


I fought over these eggs at the same time

hoping I would not be the one

who claimed the egg with the mark,

the mark which would send us all into a frenzy,

where we pummeled and spit on and kicked

the little pus-eyed loser, we did not want to be.


Morris announced the mark was an orange

dot in a green circle. Relieved, it was not me.


That was my third and final hunt before we moved

to San Francisco some twenty-five miles away.

And my mother said we’d never return to that wicked town

where I helped to nearly kill that little Jackson boy

and watched his sister Shirley

viciously kicking him in his pus-eyed face.




Daniel G. Snethen is the owner and publisher of Darkling Publications. He serves as vice-president of the South Dakota State Poetry Society. Recently (May 2017), 10 pages of his poetry was anthologized in Resurrection of a Sunflower, a tribute to Vincent Van Gogh, curated by Catfish McDaris. Snethen's poetry has been published by Bear Creek Haiku; Cover of Darkness; Danse Macabre; Dark Gothic Resurrected; Haiku Journal; The Horror Zine; Miller's Pond; Pasque Petals: Thirteen Myna Birds, and several other publishers of poetry. Snethen also coaches oral interpretation of literature and Poetry Out Loud. He has qualified two high school students for the National Poetry Out Loud competition in Washington DC and has had the SD State Poetry Out Loud runner up on two separate occasions. His favorite poet is William Blake and his favorite poem is “The Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner” by Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

In Association with Black Petals & Fossil Publications 2018