day 26

I have always
enjoyed the taste
of the exotic

ripe plums
red strawberries
the blood red flesh
of the orange
the sweet tang
of fresh wine
pressed between
the feet of small
women in wooden barrells

my mother
she warned me to
be careful

some food
is dangerous
she said

some food
takes you
places
you never
come back
from

I listened
as any good
daughter should

yet when he
showed me
his palm
carrying
that seed

I could not
refuse

I have tasted
death

I have tasted
life

both are bitter
both are sweet

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