Mayhem Literary Journal is generously sponsored for 2019 by Te Whare Wananga o Waikato, The University of Waikato

101 - Nina McCullagh

Take me where the party is
and shove me through the doors

dissolve my mystery illness
in reasonably-priced champagne

then pour a measured dose
of pineapple and vodka

and hook me to the vein
with a novelty-shaped straw.

Drape me in
a fitted sheet

and top me with
a wizened wreath

fan the corrupting
BBQ flames

from the window
to the wall.

Contributor's Note

Nina grew up in Hamilton and lives in Wellington. She works in marketing & communications by day and is a poet in the notes app of her phone.


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