On the question of Jonah, whales, and the weight of a woman

by Cassie Premo Steele

I've never connected with Jonah.
That big whale story. Swallowing.
Fear of the sea. All that.

I guess it's because I've been fat.
I am the Jonah. I scare men
with my abdomen. Belly.

I love to eat. I love meat.
Chewing. Caramel. Craving.
The salt. The fat. The sugar.

Popcorn has been my Communion.
I take it nightly, like Holy Bread.
But not with wine. I like beer.

I don't have much fear.
Of food. Of being big. Of the ocean.
I swim in these things.

They are me. They are good. I wonder if God
fears Jonah. Or women. Or bellies.
I doubt it. Maybe he should. 

Cassie Premo Steele's poetry has been nominated twice for a Pushcart Prize and has been published in over a hundred journals, anthologies, and magazines. She is the author of eight books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction and specializes in poetry that reveals the natural world as a source of balance and empowerment. She works as a writing & creativity coach with clients in person and long distance from her Co-Creating Studio along a creek in Columbia, South Carolina. Check out her website.

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