Fat And Skinny
Another cold morning
Ominous black shadows
Surround the stillness
Of the Great Depression.
Mother whirls around me,
Stained housecoat flapping,
Shamanistic drumming on my back:
Don't you know
Children in Europe are starving?
I gag on gooey boiled eggs,
Don't like most food anymore,
Hair and teeth are falling out.
Mother chases me around the block,
Sure an enema will be the cure.
Big brother is really obese,
Schoolyard bullies taunt:
"Stay away from fatso,
That blimp is bigger than
The giant balloons
At the Macy Day parade.
He'll crush you like a Sherman tank".
The venomous purity
Of children's cruelty.
School nurse makes a house call.
"Is this where fat and skinny live?"
siblings, strangers to each other,
hating food and loving food,
opposing strategies to scarcity.