Piece By Piece

Piece By Piece

Piece By Piece 150 150 Diana Meakem

Don’t just swallow them whole.
Poems were written
to be eaten piece
by piece., a feast— each word a wafer,
for you.

Be careful of the edge,
especially—slippery beasts,
they’ll tear the insides
of your cheek.

(Don’t worry if the sentences dribble
down your chin: the page makes
a perfect napkin.)

Keep nibbling down to sweet glue,
and—if it’s a whole book—crack
the binding with your teeth.

Let these words go into you, piece
by piece.

Diana Meakem

My work has been published online at reliefjournal.com,taylorhonorsguild.com, and theechonews.com.That’s all stuff you could read on my resume, though. I love traveling, music, and working with children. My favorite color is blue, and I would always, always choose the sea. If I could, I would spend all day outside staring at the sky with a cup of coffee and a novel at arm’s length. I might even let you come with me.

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