Metaphysical Twitch

In high school health class
we measured our body fat percentages
in front of our peers. I’ve passed out
three times in my life. One of them was there.
We were watching a Dr. Phil segment 
on anorexic teenagers in order to learn
about the dangers of eating disorders. I misread
emaciated as emancipated
on the chyron at the bottom of the screen; 
pinched bunch of calf
between the proffered calipers; for a long time
I subdivided myself. I remember not eating
that day I fell
out of consciousness. Rose to the yellow
bus in a daze. The ink moving
once suspended. Poem about a ribcage. Ferns
elongating. Talk about a simple bone
to pick. Breaking. Any day now.


Margaret Saigh is a writer, dancer, and educator based in Pittsburgh. She is the author of the chapbook CROSSED IN THE DARKER LIGHT OF TERROR (dancing girl press 2022), a graduate of the MFA program at the University of Pittsburgh, and the creator of circlet, a virtual poetry workshop and reading space. Her poems are forthcoming in giallo lit and A Velvet Giant.