Funny Thing at the Factory

Without a "fare-thee-well" or "Geronimo!"
     some guy jumps in a vat.

Bobs up steaming and plump,
     smelling like a T-bone.

Tried it first with an apple?
     Everybody's got to go sometime.

He was smiling when we fished him out.
     Pretty as a doll.

The boss was mad as heck.
     Well -- it's a free country.

Something worse would have killed him?
     Everybody's got to go somehow.

Mary Winters