Baked Ziti

a couple names their child Baked Ziti
then she is orphaned
this is one example of the joke against humanity
a man beside you on the train
has been diagnosed with a learning disorder
his doctor sends him home with a pamphlet
the man struggles between station stops
to decipher “Sexy Dial,” advice for the dyslexic
written in anagrams
this is another example
the sleet pays you compliments
but to receive them you must stand outside
with your stocking cap stuck in your coatsleeve
until your hair is crusted with ice


Jeffrey Rotter’s “Baked Ziti” was originally published in the Summer 2004 issue of TLR.