sugar and salt


he was the sugar and i was the salt

we'd eat away sweets until my teeth would rot

he was addicted to the splash of flavor i brought

into his life. that raised his cholesterol (and heartbeat)

but looked a little like

MSG or cocaine. i guess in his eyes it was all the same

because more than a dash or pinch could make a

person clench their teeth and fists

i had that effect, he didn't mind one bit. we shared ourselves whole

mixed our molecules into a small bowl until we created one new spice

we played tricks on our taste-for-flavor friends until they gave up

trying to see us as separate grains. we were a single soul with two different names.

originally published in volume 9.1 of Outrageous Fortune

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