mother & scribe


Her face in the mirror looked bloodhound ugly atop the fit frame, like the cartoon

she recalled. Imagining herself from inside out

eventually made the distortion true. The mirror reflects a story.

She made up her fat face and starved her body until the day

her heart stopped and died a woman who refused to eat ice cream

because the lens adds an inch too far from a world where

shrouded women risk their lives for a taste of pleasure 

and mothers rock babes too weak to cry at a dry breast.

Her thought was, for better or worse,

always the warp.



*In recent weeks, I've encountered a few women who have stunning facial features and anorexic bodies. These women have reminded me of my state of mind and opinion of myself when I was anorexic/exercise bulimic during college. Warp is written for every human being who has ever been deprived spiritual support and emotional nourishment inclusive of physical needs.

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