american appetites

See Grace’s prompt at dVerse Poets on “arrangements” with artist Emily Blincoe.


indulge patriotism, for an

obsessive~compulsive eater

the meticulous arrangement

is everything.  count (again)

each frenched frye laid out

one~by~one ordered from

longest to shortest in rows

of greasy perfection thus

book~ended between a

bloody pile of catch~up

and souvenir wrapper.

lick salty fingers (again)

wipe salivating mouth

(and repeat again) in a

slow death by fast food

oh, whata~way~to~go!



photo by Emily Blincoe


16 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Marilyn Cavicchia
    Oct 03, 2016 @ 21:32:06

    Delicious and gross/excessive at the same time. Well done!


  2. Victoria C. Slotto
    Sep 29, 2016 @ 15:36:27

    Reminds me of the compulsion I’ve heard of where someone won’t let one food touch another on their plate. That level of compulsive behavior seems so painful–it’s hard enough just to lean towards perfectionism. I like the word play in this, Lynn.


  3. Bryan Ens
    Sep 29, 2016 @ 07:58:06

    I suppose that even fry consumption can be an OCD issue 🙂


  4. Mish
    Sep 28, 2016 @ 23:46:27

    Sad to think that even greasy foods can become orderly for some.


  5. whimsygizmo
    Sep 28, 2016 @ 14:54:22

    Mmmmmm. This was somehow both delicious AND poetic. 😉


  6. Grace
    Sep 28, 2016 @ 14:06:23

    We chose the same photo and I love the compulsive eating until a slow death !!!


  7. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Sep 28, 2016 @ 13:29:15

    I can so easily see someone do this… maybe sorting them is the only restraint against utmost and total overindulgence… making death a little be slower.


  8. kanzensakura
    Sep 28, 2016 @ 13:02:41

    What an incredible poem! I never thought of compulsive eating before but it seems you have nailed it. It seems a dark road along which to walk.


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