Soap Opera Cake by Claire Trévien
Kimberley’s plumbed the depths of the human brain,
her unusual layers are two powerhouses of flavour.
Charlotte Royale’s a girl I went to school with
tight curls tamed tighter with butterfly clips.
Planet Frances is an eggwashed choux,
that rarely sticks to the rule book.
Charlotte used to put her brain in the fridge
overnight, she always woke up furious.
Beccaroon needs to smack the judges
with flavour instead of drowning in ale.
Charlotte’s not been done justice,
head covered in Ghostbuster’s gloop.
Apron caked with slaughtered ganache,
Ruby’s opera is an undefined tragedy.
Claire Trévien is the anglo-breton author of The Shipwrecked House (Penned in the Margins) which is longlisted in this year's Guardian First Book Award. She edits Sabotage Reviews (http://sabotagereviews.com), co-edits Verse Kraken (http://versekraken.com), and co-organizes Penning Perfumes (http://penningperfumes.