Warning: This poem contains intense material about wants and needs, body shape and disability. Also the setting is dystopic. If these are sensitive topics for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.
"In Want Of"
bent forward by
the weight of her craving,
made manifest in her two huge hands.
Pressed together at the edges,
they are nearly the size of her whole torso,
bright pink against the pallor of her body.
She has been named for them, Acceptance,
and she takes what she is given.
Her fingers wiggle, a little,
pleading with unseen benefactors --
give me, give me, give me --unseen, because
she has no eyes
in her shrunken head.
She cannot reason,
cannot distinguish between
wants and needs,
cannot use logic to master
the harsh pull of her desire
so she is in want of everything
because she is unable to perceive
the having of it.
* * *
Acceptance is a virtue. There are ways to cultivate it.
Choi Xoo Ang is a Korean artist.