What I Never Wrote by Lori Werner

measurement stomach
Photo courtesy of Natalie Chyi

Every week I step on the tired scale
wondering why I want to lose
parts of myself.

I open the refrigerator door just to look:
It’s yellow light shines on my neat rows
of sleeping children.

The other people at the party
indulge in their red velvet and wedding cake,
as I admire my lonely plate of self-control.

I ask the waiter for a to-go box,
even when my stomach is
still singing its ravenous song.

Once I’m alone, I finish my food in the car.
Sometimes I eat to feel something
going in that doesn’t expect anything back.

 

 

 

Lori Werner is a poet from Savannah, Georgia. She graduated from Armstrong Atlantic State University with a degree in History. Her influences are southern gothic literature, anything Americana, and Joanna Newsom.

Natalie Chyi is an 18-year-old from Hong Kong who has recently moved to London, where she will be studying law for the next three years. She started photography to capture moments and pretty things/people/light/scenes as she sees them, and that idea is what continues to fuel all of her work. Find more of her work on nataliechyi.com, Facebook, or Tumblr.

Lori Werner
Lori Werner is a poet from Savannah, Georgia. She graduated from Armstrong Atlantic State University with a degree in History. Her influences are southern gothic literature, anything Americana, and Joanna Newsom.

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