Flavour (for Mandy H, Kate W, and the chef at Sage)

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strawberry gazpacho green tomato ice cream, lemon verbena goat’s curd yoghurt

strawberry gazpacho
green tomato ice cream, lemon verbena goat’s curd yoghurt

‘I’ve run out of words’,

she said

her mouth was empty of them

but along her spine

and the ripples of her brain

all sorts of glimpsed pleasure ran

sour on the front of the tongue

leaping back in the long perfume of it

and stinging mustard with its

horseradish all along the nose.

‘I have run out of words’,

for how intense that olive

danced all along the memory

of trees in the sunshine

or chocolate that floated

like cloud

cocoa that hopped between sweet and

that nip of darkness.

‘I’ve run out of words’,

the tongue comatose against the roof of her mouth,

the words all fled,

but not the appetite.

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