Earth Oven

by Isobel Hodges

Preparation begins by heatingthe stones.Next, lay the food downcover with earthand leave for many hours.

I slide the tube behind your earthe device cyclesa mechanical meter.If it can’t detect breathit will dispense airunabateduntil your lungs catch up.

Your lungs won’t catch up.

I rub your spotted armsand kiss your forehead.I scratch your stubbleand you smile, say,I’ll shave tomorrow.

I long to crawl into the pitwith the yams and the fish.

I don’t know how this will end/I know how this ends.

a couple of months ago