A promise as something offered without reserve.
for "I will." The words love,
as what I took them to mean. Manet's La
"to pour a liquid down one's throat from a jar
touching one's lips." The man in the
his flask overhead, the liquid ready to surprise his
with its fierce line. Why not the support of lips,
the slow flooding of mouth and throat? How many
must drink open-mouthed, the source at arm's length
before someone fabricates a word for it?
as salt in water, a cleansing to rid sores of pain
when the wound is touched, the lips kissed. A
as better than the first. Longing, sorrow,
forged from experiencehis, mine. The
never the same. Mouths wide in expectation.
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