“Seven-Course Meal”

I knew today’s prompt wasn’t something I could sink my teeth into, so I offer this poem written during my creative blitz over the weekend. Peace to your ♥ !

Seven-Course Meal

APPETIZER

   I have eaten here
   before and after and also
   in between.

SALAD

   When I overeat
   I forget the way to my heart
   is not through my stomach?

ENTRÉE

   I have a feeling
   when I stuff my emotions 
   down my throat—heartburn.

DESSERT

   When tempted, close eyes.
   Open eyes, open bag, open mouth.
   Shut up, conscience.

OF COURSE

   I am powerless
   to resist desire, and it is
   gnawing at me.

OF COURSE
  
   I can exercise
   restraint, but I need a leash
   or a trainer.

OF COURSE

   I know better
   than to give up. It’s worse
   than giving in.

© Stephanie Malley

NaPoWriMo20 Day 21 - I didn't use today's NaPoWriMo.net prompt. 

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