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A Piece of Broccoli 

At dinner tonight she considers how
the body's digestive system
might have been fashioned to absorb 
all the comestible elements introduced. 
She thinks of life's quota of time 
wasted on the process of elimination.
The last glass of Chianti downed
and distilled into urine - She yawns,
looks forward to the third of her life 
spent inert and imagines God 
studying His ledger, calculating lives 
as He tweezes ear-hairs and chuckles 
at the piece of broccoli stuck between her teeth