The tomatoes look just like me
swollen and holey
ants crawling in and out of every
crevice, taking what they need.
I am looking at the sun waiting
as my insides feed hundreds of mouths.
This skin, sun stained, perfuming. Will the birds
come for what’s left of me and how far from here
will they take me?
Let it be far and let it be soon.
— Elizabeth Schmuhl, from Premonitions, Wayne State University Press, 2018.