Hunger

This entry is part 43 of 63 in the series Morning Porch Poems: Autumn 2011

Breakfast of weak morning light, trickle of coffee. Steam from heat vents along the street. Tendrils of hunger. Gently I push them down, move them to the back. I say Later, later. And it’s later, and I’m still saying Later, though the sun is high and the clouds now move across the sky, puffs of mousse on a Magritte platter. One of them looks like a young hare: white on white, hunched around its hunger. Another’s corded like the shell on which the goddess floated, like foam on the skin of water. Meanwhile my insides are gnawing on the leaf of impatience. Its veins are green and have no dressing; and butter does not always make everything better. What do I want, what do I need? Later, I tell myself, later. There’s plenty of work, the hours full of obligation. But I know I am not virtuous: I am always my hunger.

 

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  1. 2:01 in the morning and my response to this one is perfectly childish: I am suddenly ravenous and must go raid the fridge!

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    1. That’s funny, I had to fight off hunger pangs before going to sleep last night, too. I didn’t stop to think about why. It’s all Luisa’s fault!

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      1. Sure, sure… I just wrote about it; but if you actually went and did something about it that’s between you and the fridge.

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  2. As a daily cloud-watcher, buzzing along rural gravel roads, I liked “puffs of mousse on a Magritte platter”. Yup, I’ve seen the like!

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    1. I love these poufy clouds!

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