Glass Poetry Press

Volume One Issue One

Jackson Lassiter

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.