— Jerry Dyer
“The world is
not with us enough”
— Denise Levertov, “O Taste and See”
I’ve decided to walk
on the ridge of hunger,
to see if the palette
will turn mystic,
when enough ribs show.
I won’t let my body
anymore bribe my soul.
What suffices? Start here:
Do other hearts need to stop beating,
for mine to pump blood into my lungs?
Is lambs’ meat flavored by the sun?
Can I taste brooding in the hen?
Hunger is heuristic.
Our bodies have thoughts, and cravings
will hollow us from within.
O taste and see! Water and bread
hold all the flavors of the world,
once imagination finds its tongue.