She Just Can’t
The girl tries to cross the street but she just can’t.
Traffic screams by in five lanes of furious river
and she has no boat so she just stands there.
The girl tries to cross the river but she just can’t.
Water rushes past carrying runaway fish
and they turn back with gaping mouths which say
“Go back, go back, these second thoughts are real, trust yourself.”
The girl tries to catch a fish but she just can’t.
She reaches into the koi pond with her bare hands,
fingers writhing, grasping, searching for smooth flesh but
they come up empty and wet and she is still hungry.
The girl tries to eat but she just can’t.
because she has had so many meals
but is never full so
there is no point any more.
She will just swallow gulps of air until she explodes.