from Salty, Savory, Bitter, Sweet

…do you hear the footsteps in the next room?” ~ Octavio Paz

3

Lip of bowl pressed to lips,
head tipped back: then a flood
of liquid down the throat—
Sick body, your calcium is
lime—leached. You too, fruit
of the earth, you do not know
how long the tincture boiled
the soil from which
you were extracted.

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