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Consume/d

I.
I am losing weight, my mouth
is shrinking, my stomach is now
right-sized for my eyes

I have seen where everything goes
to die, things the earth cannot swallow
cannot return to dust

litter is landscape
& only unusable burns

II.
When I take out the garbage
I feel shame, my oversized
trash bags say greed, say own,

III.
before nightfall, what I thought waste
will be in someone’s home
or stomach.

In the morning I will
stare at my refrigerator
& ponder its rotten swell

Credit


From Blood/Sound (Central Square Press, 2019). Copyright © 2019 by Fred L. Joiner. Used with the permission of the author.

Author


Fred L. Joiner

Fred L. Joiner received an MFA in creative writing from Lesley University. He is the author of BLOOD / SOUND, forthcoming in 2019 from Central Square Press. In 2019, Joiner was named an Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellow. He is the co-founder of The Center for Poetic Thought in Washington, D.C. and currently serves as the poet laureate of the Town of Carrboro, North Carolina.

Date Published: 2019-08-29

Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/consumed