When I answer the door,
resist an inevitably-new screen and choking,
at teeth covered in chocolate.
These are the jokes
we play when one
is defending her drinking,
the other her boyfriend's wife.
It refers to being a shit-eater
but in the laughing
it is a slow ink
drawing us back
Naomi Schub is a poet, teacher, and librarian living in Sydney. She is the co-founder of Na Zdravi, Na Shledanou press.