A brief literacy narrative

I see you reading cereal boxes 

and I remember that desperation for text

First thing in the morning
Give me something to suck into my brain
as I suck the final sugar-frosted honey flakes
up with the sweetened milk.
Anything: the oft-read pulp on the box
Its meaning as nutritious as the contents.
I slide a book over to you
Not the ideal one for the circumstance,
I’ll think harder about it next time.
I should probably think harder about the 
contents of the bowl.

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