the average ruby-throated hummingbird weighs less than a nickel,

by Caroline Fuller

apparently, weight gain is a side-effect of the pill

but also of muffins and cream

my belly button purses her lips in mockery when I ask which it is

 

it is Monday

 

my closet is a moody teenager

and I am her exasperated mother

 

my roommate’s makeup is strewn across the dresser like children’s playthings— 

no—I suppose like painters’ palettes

 

I found three new freckles today

two on my right forearm 

one more on my left shin

 

I turn to my desk for a pair of tweezers 

(reckless eyebrows)

 

and notice a hummingbird outside the window.

count one-one-thousand,

 

two,

three,        

   four,

 

before it pulls its nose out of a flower and 

I try to track it through the air 

but 25 percent of its nickel-weight is in its pecs 

and so it speeds away

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