Lori developed a mixed-grain alcohol
she labeled Devil’s Surrogate.

A small snake lay dead in the bottom
of each amber glass bottle.

No one was expected to swallow the snake.

Municipalities brought back Sunday blue laws
even though each label was printed with bible verses.

Those who drank more than three fingers
fell into a fevered state of proselytizing

the redemption of feral dogs.

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