Folk Remedies

Ashes from 
the burned skin
a reptile shed,
dissolved in water
to cure wheezing.
Your very first
period blood
applied
like a light
facial mask,
to ward off
pimples and
zits. A smear
of saliva
on hand or foot
to calm the pins
and needles—
because the soul
is so susceptible
to any tremor
that disturbs
its homeostasis:
an egg,
rice grains,
or melted tallow
dropped into
a bowl of water.
See what floats,
what sinks
to the bottom.
See where the red
membrane reappears
after you drink
it all up.

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