Gone to Waste

Gone to Waste

by Christine Taylor


The refrigerator light illuminates

a bowl of grayed cherries

a slab of hardened cheese

a tray of leftover chicken breast,

the flesh taken over by mold.

You rushed

through that meal,

ten minutes to consume

what had taken hours to prepare.

I too

have been swallowed

by time,

shallow breath

in the space between us

where childless nights



Christine Taylor, a multiracial English teacher and librarian, resides in her hometown Plainfield, New Jersey.  She serves as a reader and contributing editor at OPEN:  Journal of Arts & Letters.  Her work appears in Modern Haiku, apt, Glass:  A Journal of Poetry, The Rumpus, Eclectica, and The Paterson Literary Review among others.  She can be found at http://www.christinetayloronline.com