It will be my pleasure to poison Mr Rae
as him eats in the Great House.
The fools, Lord Belmore and Sir Willoughby Cotton
dance the Creolian hop a la Mustee.
I slave in his kitchens,
my belly fired after him rape mi in the scullery
like I was his peaberry fruit.
His boasts ride on fiddle jigs into the valley
where my baby sleeps.
Maggie Mackay is a brave-hearted Scot and a final year MA Poetry student at Manchester Metropolitan University. She has work in various print and online publications, including A New Manchester Alphabet, Bare Fiction, Ink, Sweat and Tears, Prole, The Interpreter’s House, Indigo Dreams Publishing and Three Drops Press.