Things

high school midget teacher
eats big things
with knife & fork:
elephant brains, jet plane engines, marquee signs
& gowns for tall stars
from these “objects”
she grows 3 feet
& rules school:
spanking unruly jocks
in locker room

fashion model sister
eats small things
with knife & fork:
oatmeal grains, ants, bric-a-brac
& glitter
from these “objects”
she shrinks 3 feet
& becomes humble caregiver
for immature boyfriend

when midget teacher
isn’t riding class
she’s rebuking sister’s posture
on catwalk

they are what they eat
(or in materialistic terms)
they are what they collect



About the Author:
James Mirarchi grew up in Queens, New York. In addition to his poetry collections, "Venison" and "Dervish," he has written and directed short films, which have played at festivals. His poems have appeared in Crack the Spine Literary Magazine, Poydras Review, gobbet, Boyslut, Dead Snakes, Subliminal Interiors Magazine, and others.