The Pleasure of Eating

by Joanna Gilman Hyde

Eye eat my Greek salad

sitting upon the tomato–coloured couch

with a giant bowl under my chin

like a shelf

Eye am by myself

and my step-mother died today

in California–her last word to me was “fascinating “

and my mother died

28 years ago

here in Nova Scotia–her last word was “remember”

and my daughter called from Quebec

to ask how

do Eye feel