parsnips + licorice

Parsnips and licorice on the counter

and the way you knew what to do

with your hands and a knife.

The bitterness of a little blood made the earth and the sweet

taste like they were together longer than a grocery-bag, dirt and dark.

You didn’t lick the blade, but you came close.

© 2015 Anna-Christina Betekhtin, All Rights Reserved.

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