Trigger Warning: Eating Disorders & Related Thought Patterns

Photo taken by the author in 2015

crackers give me a knowing

smile i can’t refuse:

just one bite won’t hurt

you can stop whenever you like --

i wish i had taken up smoking, it’d be easier

to quit the faceless, than it is

to tell a school of goldfish to stop staring

because i can swallow no more —

funny, how it was once easy for people

to swallow fish and starch —

now it’s simpler to swallow

pride, tail and all.

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