DRUG: GEOPHAGIA II
At 2 am she drives to the drug store again, arguing
with herself. The doctor instructed her to chew gum
when the cravings come on, eat a couple of Tums
if it really gets bad. It’s never enough. She just ends up
with a ribboned foil antacid wrapper and a late night debate
in Walgreens over what to purchase with chalk to make it
seem urgent enough to warrant a nighttime drive. Construction
paper for an imaginary child’s last minute school project. Chloroseptic
and Sucrets for laryngitis, the chalk for writing out messages on a lapboard.
Sometimes, if the parking lot is empty, she’ll slip out the box top
flap and choose a thin stick. She’ll roll it over her lips to heighten
the anticipation. On good nights a few licks and nibbles will do.
Nights like tonight when her muscles twitch, she bites off half
a stick at a time and chews, grinds it into a thick paste that coats
the walls of her cheeks. Sated until her saliva washes it away.