Saturday in CinCity. The Too Soon for Halloween Edition?

A Munsters' Breakfast

by Jeanne Marie Beaumont

Herman's big on corn, he likes to stuff his mouth

with Kix and practice his diction.

Grandpa and Eddie go for Trix, which pinks

the milk as though it's tinged with blood.

Only blond bland Marilyn will dare

approach the Cheerios. They float in her bowl

like small life-savers—enough she thinks

to save all the passengers on the model Titanic

Eddie is building for his school project

down in the lab, complete with dry-ice berg

and a looped tape of screams Lily has

taken great pains to record for him.

Lily sips only some root-bark tea. Her man

prefers her wraithlike. Tonight's a full moon.

She worries about Eddie's growth spurt;

Herman crisply articulates what's on her mind:

"You come home right after school, Eddie."

The boy drains the last stained drop

from his crock and wipes his moustache.

"We'll work on the levers for tilting the decks,"

Grandpa entices. Eddie's eyes flare like torches.

Then everyone vanishes into their day


  1. I used to love the munsters and the addams family, great memories, thanks, sometimes it's good to be lost in fantasy.


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