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***BIO*** Eric Beeny’s poems and stories have appeared in Abjective, Corduroy Mtn., elimae, Main Street Rag, My Favorite Bullet, Thieves Jargon, Word Riot, and others. He’s a contributing editor for Gold Wake Press. His blog is Dead End on Progressive Ave. (ericbeeny.blogspot.com).
IDENTICAL NATIVITY SCENES
by Eric Beeny
I sometimes think born-again Christians fantasize
about God raping Mary again,
then forensics arrives, lay their chalk outline

around a puddle of semen,
question witnesses so sketch artists can concoct
a plausible composite, but further tests show

no fingerprints, no hair, no blood
despite Mary’s insisting she scratched him—
what they thought was semen turned out to be melted
       marshmallow—

and the detective says, I’m sorry mam, but
we got nothin’ to go on. No trace of this guy whatsoever…
And poor Mary, wrapped in a blanket

sucking cigarettes, drinking hot chocolate
from a styrofoam cup on the ambulance bumper says
with a smirk to the police chief, You’ll find him…
       I have faith in you.
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