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GREEDY

Leah Stauber

the pills are just a blanket

raggedy, full of holes

keeps in what it’s supposed to

mostly

 

the floral fabric is cheap

worn transparent by the edges

time pulls the threads apart

letting bits of the monster out

 

he’s crafty

the bitter tablets weaken him

but the minimum dose doesn’t satisfy

moremoremore

 

the blanket starts to sweat

seams strain with effort

a rip tears through the air

his claws peek out

Author Bio: Leah Stauber is a writer from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She has a bachelor’s degree in English from Davidson College and a master’s degree in professional writing from Carnegie Mellon University. In an appalling betrayal to the Steel City, she says “soda” exclusively. Her favorite soda is Jones Cream Soda, half for the taste and half for the black-and-white photography on each bottle. Her fiction has been published in feeeels magazine.

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