of the salt and the light

talk of salt
that preserves
and salt
that stings the open wound

love is
the most terrible addiction
biochemically
my neuroscientist
agreed

and she would know
so I thought
of salt
from the side
of the deer
and the garden slug

as I traced my finger
slowly my tongue
around the rim
of the glass
fingers to lips
slow circles
tongue
salty skin

around the rim
of the world
the salty sea
like blood
flowing
in the river
of the arid land-
scape of my heart-
ache and

it’s the salt
in my eyes
or the red light
of the sun
drowning
at the rim of the world

where I peered
over the edge
to the monster-
ous tortoise back
and I asked her
what’s below
and she said
it’s turtles
all the way down

About Ray Sharp

Poet, endurance athlete, retired public health planner
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2 Responses to of the salt and the light

  1. Pingback: chemistry lessons « the tenth muse

  2. Ray Sharp says:

    Have a look at J.S. Lee’s beautiful poetic response

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