Thursday, November 14, 2019


                                                                                         for David Lerner

the 300 pound man cries
                I’m Hungry! So Hungry!
everyone laughs
says you eat enough for 3
are you pregnant?

the 300 pound man is rank
                with desire
with the scent of unbridled
pregnant with poems

can’t speak or write them
without naming his Hunger
they hear him and laugh
you’re so funny they say
as he rips his heart
from his chest
and hands it bloody still beating
to the first
that reach out to him

the 300 pound man
fails again
and he spits out hot venom
they bathe in it
like tears
salty like oceans
bearing them up while
he sinks

the 300 pound man dark
as hades
before Love had a chance
to feed him
his poems coughed up
like blood
from the lungs of a soul
denied food for too long

the 300 pound man
starved to death
So Funny they said

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