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Pater Mladinic: Eggs Over Easy

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Art by KJ Hannah Greenberg 2024

Eggs Over Easy

 

by Peter Mladinic

 

My partner, a performance poet,

launched into a poem about a short-order

cook. 

 

The poet covered every significant facet

 

of the cook’s post-World War Two life

in the mining town, Durango, Colorado,

where the cook, the poet’s distant relative,

morphed into a miner. Crossing a street

 

he was hit by a logging truck and died.

 

I could smell hash browns

on the grill.

 

I could hear the staccato pace of orders

shouted in, going out on steaming plates

 

in the crook of servers’ arms. 

The performance poet and I

went to the newspaper to talk to a reporter

who does stand-up comedy.

 

Instead, we talked

to a secretary at the newspaper counter,

a real big but curvy woman, maybe late 40s,

pale, with ash-blonde hair. 

 

I don’t know what got her started

but she talked about the stroke

her 55-year-old husband had.  He’s learning

to form words, to write words. 

 

It sounded horrible,

as I remembered my mother in the hospital,

propped up, her face, I don’t remember

if her face drooped but she could only

 

make sounds.  Later on, she could

speak in short sentences, but it was as if

she’d been walloped by fate, hit with some

big club, a blow from which she would never

 

recover. So when the secretary was talking I

was thinking of all my mother went through,

and this man was only

55.  She and the performance poet prayed

 

right there for him, quietly, as I wrote down

phone numbers to give to the reporter-comic.  

One more thing, Jack, the short-order cook

 

in the poem was Irish-American with black hair,

like my mother. He was married

to a Native American woman, who lived on

in Durango long after he died.

 

 

 

Peter Mladinic’s fifth book of poems, Voices from the Past, is available from Better Than Starbucks Publications.

 

An animal rights advocate, he lives in Hobbs, New Mexico, United States.

KJ Hannah Greenberg is eclectic. She’s played oboe, participated in martial arts, learned basket weaving, and studied Middle Eastern dancing. What’s more, she’s a certified herbalist, and an AP College Board-authorized teacher of calculus.

Her creative efforts have been nominated once for The Best of the Net in poetry, once for The Best of the Net in art, three times for the Pushcart Prize in Literature for poetry, once for the Pushcart Prize in Literature for fiction, once for the Million Writers Award for fiction, and once for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay. To boot, Hannah’s had more than forty-five books published and has served as an editor for several literary journals.

Channie’s latest book is Eternal not Ephemeral, Eternal not Ephemeral: Greenberg, KJ Hannah: 9798852494016: Amazon.com: Books, a collection of fifty tales, including "Absinthe for Aliens," "Isabelle," "Transitory Unease," and "Special Teeth," which were originally published in Yellow Mama or Black Petals. 

In Association with Black Petals & Fossil Publications 2024