How to eat with the gods

Don’t open that
parasol indoors—
a hail of spiders
will plague you.

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Don’t throw away
the sweetbreads:
charred, they’ll yield
our readable fortunes.

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Don’t point
the serving-
spoon handles toward
the early death.

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Don’t strip the meat
down to the knob
of the joint that is
the jealous god’s.

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If you must leave, having
no more stomach for the meal,
we’ll turn our plates
like steering wheels.

 

In response to Via Negativa: Hangman.

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