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Bacon on My Bike

When I buy bacon
on my bicycle
I feel like
I’m flying through someone’s religion
such a sentiment is too heavy
for my breakfast
I just don’t want my eggs
to be lonely
without the accompaniment
of 3 finely smoked
pieces of pork
I just want to see it there
on my plate
next to my buttered, toasted raisin bread
excuse me if my mind goes oink, oink
while you are respecting Allah
I don’t mean to be disrespectful
I just think that
if Allah
didn’t want us to eat bacon
there would not be so much of it
and it wouldn’t taste
better than chicken
I believe that people have come
to be on this planet
because life is as tasty
as it is good
maybe I should consider
myself as a pig
slaughtered for the smell of me
I might then rethink
my bicycle rides
but then I would also have to
rethink beef
and chicken
and turkey
and fish
anything with eyes
could not go in my shopping bag
I also think that
if I had to really consider bacon
as a pig
and I had to kill the pig
for bacon
I’d much rather
eat two pieces of fruit
and call it
a religion.

Empty Chair

Swirling around you
Never bound to you
but binding you
Papers climb
screens bulge
square eyes
at you
they’re bright
and blinding
and you’re still
not getting it
art is not art
on display
thinking you know
who’s gay
a color
a hijab
being in high heels
that dig holes
in the back
of your feet
art exists for the sake of
that it would not
die without
but live much longer
than you
because it’s expressed
get up
and do
Be an empty chair
know that
to this
unless you’re ready
to die