Advice for Consuming the World


by Zoe Knight

Kiss your knuckles

Before you wrap them

white tight around a pen

They will bleed before you are through

And you will forget the touch soft hands carried


Kiss the page

Before you mark it

with scribbles and curves and art

It will be lost when you’re not looking

And you will spend ages recreating memory


Kiss your front door

Before you lock it behind you

to spend a lifetime looking for other entrances

They will be the words you can no longer keep quiet

And you will shout them to whoever opened the door


Kiss the world

Before you take it in hand

making the truths ugly and the lies pretty

It will empty when you’re done

And you will be full


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