Mollie McMullan

Aphrodite’s Audience

Her plates look like minimalist paintings,

and I am left wondering

what kind of hunger is acceptable

She was born of Aphrodite’s shell but denounces her origins

Little bird,

if you are not beautiful

what does that make me?

At dinner, I think of stitched lips and pennied collarbones

I eat silence for dessert

and soak in the darkness of my dining room

My body is immortalized in my memories of her emaciation

She cries into her yogurt while I butter toast

The disgusting part of me

is envious

Mollie McMullan is a sophomore at SUNY Geneseo. In her work, she explores themes of patriarchal control, the role of womanhood, and the concept of permanence.