What Seemed a Logical Substitute – Laurie Kolp

Laurie Kolp

There was a low hum in my head, a swarm
of bugs buzzing around while I tried to remain

normal. Mother asked if something was wrong
and I asked why, was I acting weird, which she denied.

My feet were stuck to the ground, it seemed
I drug them through mud just to get to the booth.

All eyes were on me, it seemed—even children
stopped to stare while heading to playroom. Or did they?

I could hardly move my hand to mouth to stuff
chicken nuggets. I chugged Diet Coke, my appetite

gone like the entire bottle of cough medicine
I’d guzzled that morning because I didn’t drink anymore.

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