Ode to My Morning Doughnut I pick you up and you remind me of a gold ring, like a tire stripped of its wheel, to where the air hollows your curving body as it sweeps mine. I crumble you with my fingers, your soft cake dissolving on my tongue, and when you break open, falling to my collar, I brush off your dark pieces. With every bite, I consume you, leaving only my sticky hands. I empty a cup of coffee over you. On my way to work, I dial in the Morning Show for kicks before driving into a day full of mouths emptied over Internet service telemarketing calls until the end of shift, and over the lunch line, I give you my waistline, my full attention. I give you my hunger my mouth, my calloused hands made of milk.
David Antonio Reyes, born and raised in El Paso, TX, received a BA from the University of Texas at El Paso and completed his MFA in poetry at New Mexico State University. His work has appeared in Gulf Coast, Rio Grande Review, The Acentos Review, and Borderzine. He taught English Composition at New Mexico State University and El Paso Community College and currently assists students in transitioning from high school to college in El Paso where he lives, writes, and creates music. You can connect with Reyes at firstname.lastname@example.org