Who’s the Winner Here?

From the collection And Don’t Come Back, 2021.

Who’s the Winner Here?

Not one more fattening peep out of you
I say to the slice of chocolate cake
lounging on my plate. It smirks.
Two can play this game and so
I fork another big bite into my mouth
well aware that the know-it-all
sitting right in front of me
is going to get down to work
the very second I swallow the bite –
do its level best high-calorie damage
patient and methodical and smug.
So there, I say.
Who’s still sitting at the table?
Me or you?
I lick chocolate icing from my lips.


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