How did you get so fat.
How long have you been this fat.
Do you know being fat is bad for you.
Are you having trouble getting unfat.
Are you having trouble sleeping, eating,
fitting into your jeans, getting your husband
to pay attention to your fat ass.
Are you having difficulties forming
thoughts that are full thoughts.
Or are your thoughts like dandelion
seeds or a sudsy bubble wand
before a toddler’s swift blow.
As they drift off, do you even
bother to wave good-bye.
When was the last time you read
an article on the overuse of medical
imagery in contemporary American
poetry. When was the last time
you read any non-American poetry.
When was the last time you logged
off Facebook. Are you facing challenges.
Can you actually feel your synapses.
Are your thoughts like sand
in the gaps of your fingers.
Can you hear the seagulls gathering
for the bluefish carcass. Ask not
for whom. Can you see the sandpipers
push forward then retreat from each
small wave. Is your body a jellyfish
washed up among the skate egg cases,
seaweed, fractured clam shells.
Does anything make it better.
Does anything make it worse.
Leah Nielsen lives and teaches in Westfield, Massachusetts. Her first collection of poems, No Magic, was published by Word Press. Her chapbook, Side Effects May Include, which examines the state of permanent patienthood, was published in 2014 by The Chapbook.