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“Grilled Cheese at the Rehab Center” by Jim Daniels

Published on Thursday, December 6th, 2012

“17 Stones #4″ by Jenna Kuiper

Grilled Cheese at the Rehab Center

A menu option for every meal
            and my mother takes it
perfect food for the blind
            easily gripped
no spillage of excess onto the plate
            or smeared across her face.
Cheese, the glue holding it all together.
            Like the gripped hands of prayer.
And it’s warm with the greasy illusion
            of a cooked meal. Fuck the pasta,
fuck the peas, fuck the uncut meat
            and in God’s Holy Name, fuck the soup.
Oh, the dignity of the grilled cheese
            almost dainty in her clawed fingers.