Bitter Almonds

            It was inevitable: the scent of bitter almonds
       always reminded him of the fate of unrequited love.

              Opening line of Love in the Time of Cholera
              By Gabriel García Márquez  

Cyanide eyes, colored with the scent of bitter almonds,
a darker shade of amber like strong whiskey or tequila,

nearly useless at such a distance, but the poet’s heart
sees not in light but in these waftings from afar,

these winds from other lives, worlds imagined or made
real sometimes in brief and shining dreams, in loving.


About Ray Sharp

Father, poet, triathlete, local public health planner
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2 Responses to Bitter Almonds

  1. joanna says:

    oh, i love this G.G.Marquez line. you’ve done it lovely justice here.

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