Swallow

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We take our lessons in consumption from the television - when we can but look at a mother bird feeding its young.

Engrossed with millions of Americans
in others’ misfortunes

movement distracts me
from the nearly two-hundred pound nine year old on tv

you carry a juicy earthworm in your bone-colored beak
to feed three tiny, ravenous chicks
nestedinthefosterholly
outside my window

the image of padlocks on pantries
screaming boy man, sobbing mother

then you again – wings spread victorious
return with another twisting morsel

millions of pixels shed light on
conflicted emotions
pastel-plastic cafeteria trays
moderated portions face down on the floor

ah, the image of you
the even-measured pace
with which you feed
 so naturally

beaks wide open
tufts of plumage
sunlit-exposed organs
through tissue-paper skin

commercial-sponsored judgment is rendered
guilt through gluttony
human failing
self-will run riot

tormented guests stand, starve
for tangible solutions

credits
roll                                                           

as you fly away
with the one           true           answer

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Madras Courier originally ran as a broadsheet with a poetry section. It was a time when readers felt comfortable sharing glimpses of their lives through verse. If you too have a poem you’d like to submit, do mail us at editor@madrascourier.com.

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