OCD (You Stop By To Tell Me How Cruel Life Is)


                                                 And then I tell you

you make me feel better. I eat the fruit

and the bread—the body, you say—and I go

so far as to eat the core and the vine

the vine the vine the vine                         even after

you’ve told me to stop. It’s cold in here,

I say, and you nod as if this were

the simplest math in the world. I ask you

to stay, and still you go. I eat the vine

until my gums bleed, but you ignore me.

You cast me out as if I were silver water

on a blood lake. I offer coffee and more bread

but you’re already gone, and the offer is left

hanging only only only only                         only for the sake

of a doorknob. Please, I say, to no one, don’t

leave me open like this. I’ve left the door

unlocked for you.


About mckenzielynntozan

McKenzie Lynn Tozan lives and writes in Indiana, where she works as a virtual assistant, editor, and freelance writer via her self-started business, MLT Creative. She received her MFA in Poetry from Western Michigan University, where she worked as the Layout and Design Editor for New Issues Poetry and Prose and as an Assistant Poetry Editor for Third Coast. She previously completed her B.S. in Secondary English Education and B.A. in English, with a Concentration in Writing, at Indiana University South Bend, where she worked as the Managing Editor for 42 Miles Press. Her poems have appeared in Rogue Agent, Whale Road Review, the James Franco Review, Emerge Literary Journal, Encore Magazine, Thank You for Swallowing, The Spooklet, Sleet Magazine, and Analecta, among others; and her book reviews and essays have appeared on The Rumpus and Motherly. When not writing, she enjoys art and music, and the simple mathematics of being a wife of one, a mama of two, and a cat-mom of three. For more, visit www.mckenzielynntozan.com. View all posts by mckenzielynntozan

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