20 September 2004

napo #24 -- Redel

after "Steerage" by Victoria Redel:


I sit hunched over. My pain sits too.
We ease up and cramp again.

The tomatoes I ate are why my belly’s upset.
We face off. We’re swollen and burping and green.

Appetite, agony, sweet taste an imp that dooms me,
my gut, that roiling ocean, a blooded bowl trapped inside me.

We huff and howl our paeans to greed.
My pain engulfs me. Every damn time I do this.

Please, Pain. Can we heave?
We stumble away to try.

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