Lucky life

Uncut noodles, embodied wishes for a long,
full life– lifted in loops from the pot

where they boiled to just the right
firmness. A plate of rice cakes

sweetened with coconut sugar. Friends
to share the repast with and guarantee

a future. What harm could there be
in taking care to eat each strand

as one glistening, continuous road,
a ribbon to swallow as a hurried blur?

Better than a sword or flaming torch—
though sometimes it’s hard to figure if this

life isn’t as quick to burn, leaving
imprints hard to tell apart from blisters.

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