devour ghazal

a healthy gut can digest plastic flower petals
&  i think the earth should devour us all

we are the great-grandchildren who forgot the dust bowl
howled like jupiter promised to some day devour us all

when we left pluto behind to fend for itself
we locked open the jaws of every baleen whale to devour us all

before i get sentimental i feel my thighs twitch & my tongue swell
my teeth fear tension will devour them all

we practice digging wells beachside before learning abc’s
& that’s all you need to know about how thirst will devour us all

plant baby’s breath in every windowsill of every room you’ve ever
fucked in otherwise the next generation will devour us all