Get Out Of Your Whale Boat

Melissa Broder

Now is no time for pity and compunction


I will carry you around like a baby


You are a piggie and I will eat you


Savages are infinitely happier


I would abandon my island for you


(This is probably untrue)


I have such mosquito innards


My bone condition is suck


Let me other you out of your skeleton


You are calico cotton and powder


Let me throw my fire body on you


You will never tell others Don’t be afraid


There are so many ways to row away


I can’t even make new language for it


I am tired of want so I use old language


Old language is old and mine to use






Melissa Broder is the author of the poetry collections Meat Heart and When You Say One Thing But Mean Your Mother. She lives in Brooklyn.