Meals of Ashes


How many times

Have I unintentionally

Poisoned myself


A question that goes

Along with how many

Pounds of earth will

I have eaten in my



Carbon on the grill,

Dust of dirt over

Fruit purchased in the

Wild or in the store,


Condensation nuclei

I breathe or drink

In, after the raindrops

And substance

For snow ice cream

Is formed


The world’s morsels

That I have consumed

Because I thought of

Other things,


Because the present

Need was urgent

(That is, exigent):


You know, I’d gulp

The same in order to

Pay attention to the

Denizens and not so

Much malleant detritus

Of my dusty planet