Zeus’s Autopsy: A Poem

Zeus excises a cross section of the Earth

From his lab on Olympus

A shrunken landscape

On a morticians slab

A row of dirt caked boulders

Like so many shrunken head trophies

For the cannibal

To remember meals of gluttony.

(Photo by David Stroup)


Laurie Woodward is the author of The Pharaoh’s Cry,  Kidnapped Smile, and Dragon Sky from the fantasy series The Artania Chronicles,  as well as the middle-grade Forest Secrets. She co-wrote Dean and JoJoThe Dolphin Legacy and was a collaborator on the popular anti-bullying DVD Resolutions. Bullied as a child, Laurie is now an award-winning peace consultant, poet,  and blogger who helps teach children how to avoid arguments, stop bullying, and maintain healthy friendships. She writes on the Central Coast of California. More about her work can be found at artania.net