the muse apprentice guild
--expanding the canon into the 21st century




TWO WORKS
BY LAUREN PIOTTI

METAL FORK

tonight
with every bite
i let the metal fork
scrape along my teeth
as I tug it from my mouth
hoping that you
- 650 miles from where you should be -
will know
and cringe

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PONY BEFORE THE CART

I'll take the position
Self-taught submission
I'll be the pony before the cart

And if after some gentle persuasion,
You flash a smile and say,
"no thanks, let's keep it casual,"
the machines in me will lose pace
lurching slower and slower still
but I'll go on with you
swallowed up in a bumbling, stumbling
blind hope
that you will eventually
sway my way

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m.a.g.