Not one or two but several layers
of complicated tastes and fragrances—

cassia and anise, coriander, fennel,
fenugreek: why can’t sugar be sweet

and salt be itself, even bitterness
be green distilled from herbs

grown hardscrabble in the soil?
Sometimes, I want the straight-

forward thing, no break hinged
between skin and seam.

Sometimes I want the flat side
of paper, not anymore its curl.

Luisa A. Igloria
10 08 2011

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