My body—the molded
blackberries on the top shelf
of my fridge, the smell
as it sticks. Pulled open
and artificially sweetened, industrially
cooled. I’m told I’m perishable
as if it’s a secret. I’m expected to know
my expiration date. My apologies—the mold
keeps growing. I have misplaced
the trash can and can’t manage
the walk to the dumpster.
Ellery Beck is an undergraduate student majoring in English at Salisbury University. A winner of the 2019 AWP Portland Flash Contest and a Pushcart nominee, they are the Founding Interview Editor for The Shore Poetry and a Poetry Reader for Poet Lore. They have poems published in Colorado Review, Zone3, Sugar House Review, Fugue, Slipstream and elsewhere.