scribbled archaeology of hunger

From What the Right Hand Knows by Tom Healy.

Picture of Tom Healy Book

“You Two?”

We offer in evidence
our grocery list–

its crabbed scribbled
archaeology of hunger

shorthand reckoning
of how we’ve settled

arguments
whether the week

augured skim milk
or vodka

cantaloupe or ice cream
little proclamations

smudged on the back
of an envelope

his marks and mine
a currency

the exchange of whim
and sustenance

an account not just
of comfort and ordinary

cravings but how
we’ve constructed

the necessities
of rescue and surrender.

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