Little Appetites by Mercedes Lawry

by Leslie Anne Mcilroy


Pretty and forgiving,
little girl down the road
needing shoes and bread.
Wind scooping at the roof,
holes here and there
like bird mouths open
to worms. Daddy
licking at the bottle,
gone inside his dead heart.
Old bluetick under
the porch, given up
and swollen. Picture
this and plenty more
all over the hills,
in the towns and thick
in city stink and everywhere
hunger knows its way
into soft child bellies.


Photo of Mercedes Lawry

Photo of Mercedes Lawry

Mercedes Lawry has published poetry in such journals as Poetry, Nimrod, Prairie Schooner, Harpur Palate, Natural Bridge and others.  Thrice-nominated for a Pushcart Prize, she’s published two chapbooks, most recently Happy Darkness. She’s also published short fiction, essays and stories and poems for children, and lives in Seattle.