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emerald city drive-through, austin, tx :: kathryn dennett

You dish out sympathy in ice cream scoops
With toppings to mend the hurt.
You joke as if you know
That no laughing will help

At least not yet

Today I eat my feelings
I forget the scale’s needle moving up
(even though forgetting doesn’t make it stop.)

Instead I laugh. . . and accept
Free token ice cream
And a pithy quote
About fish, or some such creatures

Tomorrow this memory,
However pleasant you have been
Will go in a box
In my roommate’s room

Along with all of him.

Kathryn Dennett is a student at Northwestern University who procrastinates by writing poems. . . of varying quality.