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Why does a fortune cookie taste so sweet
If the fortune is foul?
Is there a choice? If you don’t eat
The shell, shall you be saved
Your infelicitous fate
Printed on paper slip
Lying crumpled on your plate?

To leave the cookie unconsumed
Is not my way;
The temptation is too great.
I’ll satisfy this little craving,
And I’ll accept the fate.


J. Harker Shaw is writer and illustrator from Scotland and is one of the three poets featured in Songs of the River. She now lives with her partner and dog in London where she is working on a Ph.D on Percy Bysshe and Mary Shelley.

© 2016, J. Harker Shaw

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