freshly peeled ginger
                        floating in steaming water

an icepack against my back
                        strapped around my torso

fragments of scrambled eggs
                        swirling into the drain

ancient cannabis edibles
                        now in the new fridge

relaxed by slowly repeating
                        the body is a defiance

the kitchen door open
                        wind with no message


Brandon North is a working-class, disabled, and multi-genre writer from Ohio. He is the author of the speculative nonfiction chapbook From The Pages of Every Book (Ghost City Press), and his poems and nonfiction appear or are forthcoming in Denver Quarterly, Annulet, The Cleveland Review of Books, Bridge (Chicago), and elsewhere.   SUBSTACK