Cate White, "Hungry 4 Life."

Cate White, “Hungry 4 Life.”

From “Private Letters”

H is for hallow,
so nearly hollow
(very like hunger).
All special holes.

There’s a pebble
I learned to put
in my mouth
and suck

instead of food,
or the favor
I used to just find
on my tongue

and gulp.
Instead of luck.
A pebble, dedicated,
doesn’t need hope.

(An emptiness
I’m dying
to swallow
but don’t.)

– Trace Farrell