View from Breakneck Ridge, NY

She feels hungry always
dangerous to herself
unsure, unclear, unsure
if she is a danger to the child
The girl starves herself
like it’s her career
She is employed elsewhere, yes,

but she is also very good
at the daily starvation

She cannot remember
when her lifetime career of starvation
started, nor does she foresee
a conclusion, other than
the obvious one that is looming
around the corner of her bedroom
her kitchen, the crib
That’s right, there’s a child
will she live long enough
to teach the child
the beautiful clarity achieved
in deprivation
Will her child learn how to maintain
the illusion of normalcy?