Zombie Night

by Mark Waldrop

The man and the lady

loved to laugh.


She would tuck her hair back

and lay her head on his stomach

after dinner while watching old

scary movies on Thursday nights.


She would listen to his stomach

digest the food and laugh then,

he would laugh and her red

curls would bounce down along her neck

and that


Made them both laugh harder.


She would imitate the gurgling noises

with her mouth and say she

was having a conversation with his

chicken or

steamed fish and rice.



One day he was playing with her hair

she was listening to

tuna casserole and watching zombies on TV

he said,

"I have cancer, can you hear it?"


She listened so hard, but she could not.