red threads strung parallel
stack and twist through knobs
as baby struggles to reach
the pedal
to feed the lucky few
she weaves until her
fat peels off

navy veins bulge through
sienna skin as father wins
his catch of the day
the salmon’s instinct to
swim against the tide is
smothered by
father’s instinct to provide

an emerald string draws
mountain peaks on a screen
as they plateau into grassy plains
my bunny lays comatose
strapped down on a silver tray

Photo: Dayvison de Oliveira Silva on