In the before and after pictures
taken of the man at the zoo, the man who
lost 200 pounds, he looks nothing

like a hippo or a stork.
The photos are shameless and embarrassing.
What do they think?

That we are a toaster and then a toothbrush?
We begin as a parlor window draped in
velvet curtain and then become a port hole?

At first, I was a house painter.
Then I was the house, being painted.
Now I am the paint.

I was a frosted cake. Then I was the frosting.
I am the lady who was inside the cake.
I have burst out.