The Metamorphosis
John Devers Jr.

Kafkaesque,
I woke up one day
To find I had
A protruding gut
And had aches from sleeping.
23 years of
Fast food, soda, and candy bars
Had finally caught up to me,
Who knew?
So I threw on shorts
And went for a run
Cut short by dry heaving
And charley horses
That felt as though my brain
Pulled the reins on my legs.
I crawled home,
Found you in the kitchen
Cooking something sizzling
And said, gasping,
“What you see is what you get.”
And you were ecstatic.


John Devers Jr. is a 24-year-old graduate of Penn State and a resident of Kingston, PA. He was first published in the Summer 2016 issue of Word Fountain. When not writing, he can be found playing wiffle ball and Ultimate Frisbee.

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