Mali, what a powerfully-written poem with so much raw emotion about a very real issue that many people face, using food to flee. What really made it stand out was the way you cast Shame at the very center of the binge. Thank you for sharing this with us–wow! I would put it in Showcase!
Every part of this poem is amazing. I like the repetition of the Shame in the first line in each stanza. In fact, I love this personification of Shame, especially as shame is a universal emotion we’ve all experienced at one point (way more!); it’s a very relatable ‘character’. The extended metaphors in each stanza is great too – ‘flaming’, ‘burn’; ‘decadent mate’, ‘sweetly numbing pal’. And the rhythm really draws you in. You’re sure talented ka”h!