Eartha Kitt Eats

 

You send the best of this country off to be shot and maimed. They rebel in the street. They will take pot and they will get high. They don’t want to go to school because they’re going to be snatched off from their mothers to be shot in Vietnam. Vietnam is the main reason we are having trouble with the youth of America. It is a war without explanation or reason- Eartha Kitt 1968

 

Their lips, 
the clank of a fork hitting the floor, 
in a silent room.
I am the scalding tea poured into locked jaws,
the snout snubbed with donut powder,
the pecker pecking petulance,
the mandible unable to hinge the awkward air
skimming through teeth,
with the scent of the first lady's’ tears.
I am the 1968 day’s shadow, casted upon the pristine white house.
I am the mascara that runs
around the president’s most cherished windows.
I am not the napkins smeared with disbelief.
I am not the licked clean plate.
I am the murky glass of water,
              the leaders of this country ignore, 
                             until it has spilled.

 

 

 

 

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Michelle Dodd is a spoken word artist based out of Richmond, Virginia. She has performed for TedxWomenRVA in 2016. She is a current fellow of The Watering Hole Writing Retreat. She was a member of The Writer’s Den Slam Team in 2016 and 2017; a team placing among the top teams in the USA in competition. Dodd has been published in Whurk Magazine, and Wusgood online magazine. She has self-published two chapbooks of poetry and is currently one of the coaches for the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Slam team