May 26, 2016

“We ate in father’s absence. It was sympathetic eating. We ate what father could not. Mother served large slabs of bleeding meat. She dumped mashed potatoes onto our dishes, buttered corn. Mother’s plate was the same as sister’s whose plate was the same as brother’s whose plate was the same as mine. I pushed the meat off my plate, then ate the potatoes and corn. Mother and sister and brother did not cut their meat. They lifted the meat to their mouths and bit…”

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