Daycare

Jasmine Mathews


I used to eat mindlessly
reaching and reaching
now I am always mindful
mind running, running…
running on low fuel.

I remember animal crackers
my childhood
oh yes, the good days
when nutrition labels were scribbles,
not bibles. I am a sinner

remember snack time?
animal crackers at daycare,
learning how A was for Apple
me, I am still at daycare

I am the child
and I am the babysitter
both kicking and screaming
and begging myself,

god, please
eat something