Mallory Whitten

POEM MALLORY WHITTEN from COLLECTED POEMS & STORIES

 

starfish

when starfish eat
their mouths extend from their bellies
in the shape of a tube

the tube sucks up food
then reverts back to its original belly shape
where it holds the food until it is digested

if i were a starfish
i’d swallow a creature
then look down
& see the creature inside of my tube stomach
& feel it wriggling around

i’d take a knife in one of my five starfish hands
cut my stomach off
then cry with the creature i started to eat
 

-MALLORY WHITTEN

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