"Missing Potato"

emilie kneifel

em/ilie kneifel is a poet / critic, editor at The Puritan / Theta Wave, creator of CATCH / PLAYD8s, and also a list. find ’em in Tiohtiá:ke, hopping and hoping.

“the original tweet [captured below] was a poem; i just pulled at the string and out tumbled this. mothers / guilt and a very weak mimicry of zachary schomberg. (i know. i couldn’t convince it to be anything else. potatoes are very stubborn.)”

     one of my potatoes hatched
     and has run away from home.
     i should say: my potato
     is a rabbit. all my potatoes are rabbits

     but not all my rabbits are potatoes.
     you can live a long time, you know,
     applying so much math to things.

     my potato is in hiding
     because she’s afraid. she’s afraid
     because i am big,
     and not a potato,
     and because she is pregnant.

     if you find my potato, please
     be careful not to startle her. being a mother,
     and a potato, she has eyes
     in the back of her head
     that are starting to root.

     i hope she doesn’t eat
     the babies i hope she
     doesn’t eat the babies

     if she eats the babies,
     i will understand
     it will have been
     my fault

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