Poem: “Improvisions on Chocolate”



Cravings–sudden intensity

like tears, hiccups.

Cradling decadent petals–

slivers of fudge,

a melting balm.



Tropical refuse, torn from hands


Rings in cups, seized,



Confections bought and shouldered

by anonymous fingers,

Ate without reason,


superficial pause.


Engendered and corroded.

No longer a novelty,

but too seducing and wealthy

to be thwarted.



Gorging in self-complacent bliss,

a child on a tricycle,

pedaling in the caramel ooze.

Jabbing at the problem

like a stick in a puddle,

toying with pecans and pebbles.


Forgetting oneself in opaque rushes.



Earth’s harvest collapsed–

encased in bundles.

The herb’s leaves and

the sea’s brine

Twisted into the

churned coco.


Flecks of coconut, almonds,

cherries, wilted grapes,

all pitted and chipped,

slivered and limed.


Warm and embracing,

With each new signet,

oh, you are mine!


May 22, 2006



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