Your mouth is a cutting board— Mine is a knife

By Kit Couter
By Kit Couter

By Kelsey Bryan-Zwick

My sister is a teacup with
shark teeth brewing, my niece
is a squid, a helicopter, a castle
a pink bear puppet on her hand

My best friend is a pelican
my best friend is a watermelon
my best friend slices the bread

I can’t read braille, but it feels right
to the touch— the way your mouth
opens and closes, your eyes blink
your nose scrunches

My father is a suitcase
full of technicolor photographs
my brother once ate my birthday cake
and that really made me cry

I can tell my rabbit
doesn’t like me, but likes
when I let him loose
in the grass, scratches a bit
when it’s time to put him
back in his hutch

The fish tank is full of piranha
well— two of them, and as they eat
the other fish, I stare at their
wide jutted, thorn toothed grins

Grasshopper on the branch
startles the pants out of me
and when I see the worm
in the soil, fat vein, I’m always
sure that I’ve struck oil

You’ll know when I’ve been an ocean
if there is still sand on my tongue
pull me from the waters— a broken wave
pockets full of crab claws, clam
shell, kelp in my hair

Remember you can drown a rose
in fresh water— but I am not a rose

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