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Sugar Town

Sugar Town

Two poems about diabetes

Sugar Town
After diabetes occluded
My fathers’s vision
And left him unable
To drive a car, he’d pilot
His riding lawnmower
To the reservation trading post
And buy Wonder Bread
And generic maple syrup
So he could make his slow
Suicide version of French toast.

Child’s Bible
Once upon a time
On our reservation
The only food
In our house
Was a half-empty box
Of sugar cubes.
My sisters and I 
Rationed them
For most of a day.
They did nothing
To quell our hunger 
But we learned
There’s sweetness
Inside every little hell.

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