Laura Eades


Orthopedics squeaking,

no one thought she would be the one

to commandeer the hot air balloon.

A puff of powder white hair,

owl eyes created by oversized spectacles,

artfully creased skin.

The epitome of childhood memories,

chocolate chip cookies

and gingerbread houses.

The grandmotherly stereotype oozed,

forming a persona as unshakable

as the gun in her hand.

From her thin lips

a single command was issued,

‘Take me to the doily factory.’

Euphemism Campus Box 5555 Illinois State University Normal, IL 61790