My Aunt the Piranha
Updated: Oct 11, 2022
Her teeth grow sharper when she speaks,
and her words interlock without breath
like the jagged rows lining her jaw.
I want to feed her to a river dolphin or a heron,
and be done with her bites.
Instead, I summon her flaws
to draw her in like bait,
But to whom do I assign fault?
If the piranha is the self
and the Amazon River is the brain,
do I blame the Amazon River on the ocean
and the ocean on a meteorite?