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  1. January 30, 2013

    Your Invitation to a Modest Breakfast | Hannah Gamble

    It’s too cold to smoke outside, but if you come over,
    I’ll keep my hands to myself, or won’t I.
    I would like to tell you about the wall eaten up

    by the climbing plant—it was so beautiful.
    Various things have been happening to me,
    all of them sexual. The man on the bus

    took off his pants so I could see him better.
    Another man said, “Ignore him darlin’, 
    just sit on my lap.” But I’m not one of those 

    who’s hungriest in the morning,
    unlike the man at the bakery 
    who eats egg after egg after egg.

    Listen. Come over: the cold has already eaten
    the summer. I need another pair of ears: 
    from the kitchen I can’t tell if I’m hearing wind-chimes

    or some gray woman with failing arms
    dropping a pan full of onions and potatoes.
                                            This morning I need four hands—

    two to wash the greens, one to lift a teakettle, 
    one to pour the milk. This morning, one little mouth 
    will not do. We could play a game 

    where we crouch on the tiles, two yellow dogs 
    drinking coffee from bowls. We could play a game 
    where we let the breakfast burn.

    Outside there’s a world where every love-scene 
    begins with a man in a doorway;
    he walks over to the woman and says “Open your mouth.”


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