Instant Oatmeal Instructions
Directions: Make with Hot water.
Mix with water so hot it scalds him crimson -
marks him like the love he poached,
brands him like the trust he blistered.
Empty packet into bowl.
Like you empty your heart into his palm,
that bowl that tightens, draws back,
and slugs. Ice packet on empty bruises.
Add up to ½ cup boiling water.
And up to 2 teaspoons cyanide
or arsenic or rat poison
depending on your tastes.
Swirl grains of resentment until softened,
until dose of revenge dissolves. Rethink.
Spoon the gruel down disposal's roaring mouth.
Garnish with sliced strawberries or bananas.
Wear your prettiest dress. Take the car
and money. Drive to a middle state with
rolling fields and corn-fed boys. Start over.