sometimes it’s important
to say to yourself, out loud
people don’t eat their doggy bags
five minutes in the door

I have a loner’s knack
I know dinners for one
that’s the bland lesson
I’m skittish and sensitive
one day it’ll all come together
I’ll claim my flavor
teach my emotions
not to be ashamed about themselves

but then again
if I want my doggy bag in an instant
who cares
there’s macaroni in there!
sure, it’s sad
but also sweet to the point

Leah Iannone is The Inquisitive Eater's Poet of the Month for February 2018.

Leah Iannone received her MFA from The New School’s Creative Writing Program. She currently works as a director of academic planning. Her work has appeared in Newsweek, 12th Street, The Best American Poetry Blog, Alimentum, Redheaded Stepchild, PAX Americana, Barrow Street, Psychic Meatloaf, and The Inquisitive Eater.

Featured image via Pixabay.

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