Eating Alone

Finally my stomach warped inside my body,
and the peanut butter stopped tasting like anything,
and I twisted the jar shut.
I felt the spoon in my right hand.
Beveled steel bore into my fingers.
I couldn’t see anything
except the light shivering down its edges,
reflecting hysterical rainbows into my eyes.
Silently it fell from my palm
and sliced the bright limb of sun
helpless on the shuttered floor.
Like a soap bubble it burst,
blowing dust into the air,
and in my head the lights went out again.

Alison Cao is a creative writing student at Milton Academy. She has been recognized by the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. She currently lives in Irvine, California, where she is social distancing with the rest of her family.

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