Daily Archives: August 7, 2014

Paper Plates

Originally posted 1/27/2011.

I decide it’s time
to open up and release
a secret to you
and tell you

that I often write
inspirational messages to myself
on paper plates,
then eat off of those plates
in the hope that hope
will soak into the food
and keep me sane and alive
till the next meal.

When I tell you this,
all you can think of to say is,
why are you killing all those trees?

This is why
I too often lower my eyes
in your presence
and grit my teeth; it’s my prayer
that you’ll stop asking
soon.  It’s why
I hesitated before telling you;

you can’t help but call attention
to the slaughter all around me,
yet still manage to entirely
miss the point.