Into the fluorescent rough country
headlong into bulks of flesh
impatient to outspend me
and who wouldnít fold real quick
under the weight of Americaís sales and specials.
I believed then I didnít
that I was different than I am
in my own skin in this infinity
mirror, instructed such
to seduce myself, to go on.
I am sorry
about the space I take up
about the panic
running around my aspect and my hunger
although itís nothing
these racks of acrylic winter apparatus
wonít dazzle out of my head.
Iíll take several. Iíll take fistfuls.
Iíll tuck it into my mouth at night to keep me quiet.
About this poem:
"I wrote this poem because I find myself terribly overwhelmed by the experience of shopping, by all the stuff and all the people, and all the people in a frenzy over all the stuff. I get confused and I canít breathe and I can barely remember who I am or what I want. And then I buy something I donít need."